The effect of immediate (live) marking on pupil progress in science

The Westwood Academy’s innovation provides pupils with immediate (live) feedback during science lessons to enable them to develop their thinking in class, and thereby increase their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Challenge        

Currently, evidence on written marking practice and its effectiveness is lacking. Several documents have indicated that there are workload issues over current marking practices regularly used in schools. Feedback is a strategy which can be used to develop pupils’ metacognition and can be used to reduce misconceptions developing nearer to the point of learning subject content or skills.

Innovation

Science teachers and teaching assistants will deliver live marking twice a week to pupils in Years 7 and 8. A set of structured tasks which can be used over a 30-minute period to identify general misconceptions in pupils’ work, along with a list of key misconceptions and guidance on best ways of teaching these, will be provided.

Pupils will be given written feedback with specific action points or questions that they must think about and respond to. This written feedback will be targeted at the task or process level in the feedback cycle.