Research suggests that feedback on student work has the single biggest impact on student progress, especially when students are given time to respond to that feedback. Feedback can be given through a range of approaches such as; written marking, verbal feedback, peer and self-assessment. The best feedback accurately identifies what needs to be done next in order to improve.

The most effective feedback does not always require that work is graded as research shows students focus more on the grade than how to improve. Hence you will find that feedback in books informs improvement but may not include a grade or mark.

Since September 2014 we have been developing DIRT: Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time. Time in class is devoted to giving students time to reflect on their learning, improve it following feedback and decide next steps in their learning. You will see evidence of this in books as students respond to feedback to improve their work.

We are developing a ‘growth mindset’ within the school which will ensure all students understand and see the value of embedding knowledge through redrafting and improving work. The main concept is a change to the language: moving from ‘I can’t do this!’ to ‘I can’t do this yet!’ Developing a positive growth mindset will help students tackle new challenges at school.