No More Marking

Notre Dame High School will lead a project investigating the impact of an online comparative judgement platform on teacher workload and pupils’ English outcomes in Years 7, 8 and 9.

Challenge

Teachers currently spend a large amount of time marking, with limited evidence surrounding the impact of both the type of feedback given and the time spent on generating the feedback. Making judgements about the work of peers, comparing example worked solutions and using exemplars in lessons have all been demonstrated to have a positive impact on pupil learning. Previous research has shown 13-, 14- and 15-year-old pupils are able to make reliable comparative judgements in science and maths. The current evaluation will explore whether using comparative judgement software can reduce teacher workload and will investigate the impact of this approach on pupil outcomes.

Innovation

No More Marking is an online comparative judgement platform that allows work to be assessed holistically. In this evaluation, teacher marking and feedback will be substituted for a structured lesson where the pupils use No More Marking to make multiple comparative judgements of the work of their peers in order to better understand “what a good one looks like”. No More Marking will be used in two English units over one term with Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils.