10 October 2016
New guidance from the NCETM on marking and feedback for maths in secondary school encourages teachers to cut down on the amount of written comments and feedback they put in pupils’ exercise books.
In particular, the guidance suggests that it should not be a routine expectation that ‘next steps’ and ‘targets’ be written in students’ books. Nor should recurring errors or common misconceptions lead to individually tailored written comments.
The guidance concludes that the most important activity for a teacher is the design and teaching of lessons. Marking and feedback should not consume time that would be better spent on lesson design and preparation.
The guidance follows a similar short document, to support primary teachers, published earlier this year. Ofsted has endorsed the message in both documents.
Read what the NCETM Director, Charlie Stripp, has to say about marking in this Charlie's Angles blog post.