Marking is ********.
Monitoring and scrutiny of marking is the scrutiny of ********.
Marking policies are policies about ********.
Hocus pocus systems including highlighting, stars and wishes, WALTS, WILFS and other such nonsense are ********. They are all systems designed to be monitored for compliance by SLT. They help nobody.
There is no research to suggest that marking is anything other than: ********.
Kids need FEEDBACK.
Kids like FEEDBACK.
Kids need immediate FEEDBACK.
Kids improve if they get regular FEEDBACK.
The minimum regulation is:
GIVE KIDS FEEDBACK
RESEARCH SHOWS FEEDBACK HAS IMPACT
Stop marking so that SLT approve.
Ban marking as a measure of anything other than people with too much time on their hands.
Lengthen your school day by 1 hour so that teachers can spend time talking with kids and discussing issues with their progress. Not to deliver more content.
This will give all teachers 2 hours of their evening back, where they currently write bollocks in books so that someone else can check they wrote the bollocks in a compliant fashion.
God gave us this tremendous time-efficient feedback system. He gave both children and teachers a pair of ears and a mouth.
That’s all you need.
Stick your stampers, smiley faces and highlighters up your ***.
This is a re-blog post by Peter Yeomans being published with kind permission.
The original post can be found here*.
*The original post includes gratuitous swearing