Assessment and Marking


It is crucial for our students’ self-esteem, motivation and progress that any learning activity that they have undertaken is acknowledged swiftly.  Feedback from their teachers is given so that students can learn from their errors, receive praise for their efforts and ultimately make good and outstanding progress in their learning.

There are two types of marking – equally important but different:

1. Four form assessments per year

These will be formal examinations based on cumulative learning. Half of the examination will be based on work covered since the previous    examination and the other half will be based on work covered since the beginning of the course. Students will be told which topics will be tested in the examinations.

2.  On-going marking of class activities and independent / home learning assignment

Learning in progress (i.e. Classroom activities) should be marked regularly – at least fortnightly.                                                                      Marking should focus on the quality of the written work and its presentation. Where possible a short comment for improvement should be used / a question posed to guide the students thinking for improvement.  Students should routinely act on the teachers' comments for improvements.


All written marking MUST use the coding below to support language development in our students.


Presentation Expectations (Applies to all subjects)


  • A learning journals and books should be graffiti free
  • All work should, where possible be written in full sentences
  • Lines should be drawn between sections of work making it easy for students to navigate through their work and revise
  • On-going notes and lesson records should be neat and legible to the student, with economical use of paper demonstrated
  • The date will be written in full each time – 10th September 2015

Literacy Marking system (Applies to all subjects and should be evident in all marking)

The following symbols will be used to indicate where language errors have been made.


Literacy Symbol, for use in the margin


An acknowledgement of learning / point well made


New paragraph to be started at the line indicated by the symbol


A Spelling error. Correct spelling should be placed in the margin. New / technical words should be added to vocabulary books; definitions to be looked up and recorded

A Punctuation error. The error must be corrected at the locations but the ‘P’ symbol will be placed in the margin.


A Grammatical error. Simple errors of tense / verb to be corrected at site. With ‘G’ in the margin.


A word or Phrase is missing.  Insert missing word at site with ^


Marking and Feedback 

‘Top Tips’

  • Mark student learning – class and home learning – regularly in accordance with the schedule noted on the front page
  • Ensure your written and oral responses to student learning are realistic and constructive.  Teachers do students no favours by accepting and praising poor outcomes – even to boost self-esteem.  Be prepared to say / write that things are wrong (e.g. do not respond ‘fantastic’, ‘excellent’, ‘good’, ‘well done’ unless it is actually so and you explain what has made it that high standard)
  • Supply and ensure students use dictionaries / thesaurus in your lessons. Apps are very good for this...Check the UK spellings though!
  • Correct verbal inaccuracies of grammar used by students in discussions, when answering questions etc. (do this in a sensitive way but do not allow errors to go by without correction)  Very common errors are in the use of the verb  ‘To be’  in all tenses e.g “ You was doing …X,Y, Z” correct to “You were doing….X,Y,Z.”.
  • Ensure students are provided with opportunities to improve their work.