The change in OfSTED criteria has created an interesting debate on Twitter. Marking is seen as the workload issue of the moment due to the emphasis placed by inspectors on what is in the books. The problem is particularly felt in KS2 due to the volume of work children produce across 11 subjects. Here are a few thoughts:

To make time for marking we abolish recording (e.g. APP sheets or whatever followed)

Schools purchase exercise books with the largest number of pages and keep them over a number of years.

We mark as much as possible during lessons by creating a routine that includes politely stopping the child, NOT giving verbal feedback, writing a brief comment and one question in the book and saying “please read my comment and answer the question before you carry on”. This style of marking produces a dialogue in books that evidences the impact of the teaching on the learning.


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