Marking and Feedback

The Importance of feedback

Research from the Sutton Trust and the evidence gathered by the Education Endowment Foundation shows that high quality feedback can produce the largest gains in student progress.

Indeed, when feedback focuses on a learner's performance relative to their learning goals, student progress can improve by more than 8 months.

Frequency of marking & feedback

At Northern Education Trust, all students are entitled to receive regular and detailed feedback on their work. In all cases, student work should be marked within the time frames below.



PIN Marking

Minimum expectations of PIN marking & feedback

Staff must use PIN marking to give students detailed feedback. The following criteria form the minimum expectations of all marking in the academy:

P - 'Praise and positives' = Identify what a student has done well in a piece of work, linked to success criteria and specification

I - 'Improvements' = Identify what a student must do to improve the work further, linked to success criteria and specification

N - 'Next steps' = give students clear instructions on what to do next, respondor re-draft the work

A student's response or re-draft should be acknowledged by the teacher and re-marked if needed

Marked work should be occasionally graded to show students how close to their target they are.

Marking colours

Marking of student work, including peer and self-marking and student response to marking will take place in the following colours:

Purple for PIN - the teacher will use purple ink when marking work

Red for response & re-drafting - the students will use red ink when responding or re-drafting

Green for group - students will use green ink when peer and self-assessing.

Compliance Marking

Presentation marking

All staff should insist on the highest standards of presentation from students and from themselves when marking work. Student work must be marked for presentation using the academy 'PROUD' codes below.

Student work should clearly indicate which of the 'PROUD' expectations they have failed to meet. It is expected that this will be challenged in future lessons

Marking codes

When marking students' literacy, spelling, punctuation and grammar the following codes must be used in all books.

Student work

All students must:

- Write the date in full (e.g. 25th April 2017) at the top right hand corner of the page

- Ensure all work has a title

- Underline all dates and titles using a ruler

- Complete all work in black pen with corrections done in red

- Cross out any mistakes and errors with a single line using a ruler

- Use a pencil to draw graphs and diagrams

- Keep their exercise books in pristine condition; doodling, graffiti, folding or creasing books are not allowed

- Ensure their handwriting is as neat as possible with presentation remaining consistent or even improving throughout the year.

Additional Information and questions

All vocational courses which include pieces of examinable controlled work must adhere to specific guidelines for marking and feedback provided by JCQ and the exam board. In these areas marking, feedback and response may be evidenced separately to student controlled work.

Quality Assurance

Consistency of marking and feedback will be reviewed through departmental quality assurance processes as well as senior leadership team work scrutiny, lesson observations and learning walks.

Frequency of Quality Assurance

Quality assurance of PIN marking will take place each half term with compliance marking quality assurance taking place more regularly. Quality assurance will be completed using the pro-forma below.


Feedback Policy