Evaluating the impact of feedback using an audio tool compared to written feedback

This project will evaluate the effectiveness of teachers recording verbal feedback for pupils, both in terms of improving A-level test outcomes in sociology and maths and having a positive impact on teacher workload.

The challenge      

There is limited evidence about the impact of different forms of feedback, both for pupil outcomes and on teacher workload. Teachers report spending a significant proportion of their time marking work and providing written feedback, and workload is one of the reasons often cited for recruitment and retention issues (Workload Challenge, DfE, 2015).

The innovation       

The trial will involve two sociology and two maths Year 12 groups from each of the eight partner schools. One group per subject per schools will be randomly chosen as the control and group, and will continue to receive written feedback. The other groups will receive verbal (recorded) feedback.