Marking, Feedback, Assessment and DIRT
All written work completed by students, will be acknowledged by teachers for presentation, effort, completion and errors (including literacy errors). It is a student's responsibility to take care of presentation, proofread work and self correct errors, wherever possible. It is also a student's responsibility to react to any concerns/issues highlighted by their teacher in these areas.
Students will regularly receive diagnostic feedback from their teachers in lessons and in their books. You will see this as ‘Praise’ and ‘Raise’ comments. These comments will ensure students know what they have done well, how they could improve and the actions needed to bring about these improvements. This is an essential element of learning, needed by students, to ensure they can continue to make progress in different subject areas.
To support students in making progress, it is expected that they complete Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time (DIRT) tasks, set by their teachers in every subject, at various times over the year. These tasks should be completed in purple pen and enable a student to ‘close the gap’ in their knowledge, understanding and application of skills and show improvements. This will ensure they can continue to make progress and improve their level/grade. Teachers will provide these opportunities and it is a student's responsibility to ensure these are engaged with and completed to the best of their ability.
Students will be formatively assessed during lessons through activities such as questioning and peer/self assessment. This will support the teacher in evaluating the progress students are making and the direction in which the lesson should continue.
Students will also complete summative assessments, periodically throughout the year. These assessments at all Key Stages will provide students and teachers with working at grades (for qualification based lessons in KS4 and KS5) and National Curriculum levels (for KS3) so that they can assess how far away they are from targets and what they need to do to improve. As a school, we will endeavour to ensure that these assessments are suitably challenging, whilst also providing students with the support needed to achieve their highest potential.