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Live marking in a secondary classroom

When it comes to providing high quality feedback, we need to ensure that we are teaching responsively – actively eliciting evidence about our pupils’ learning in order to inform and adapt our teaching to meet their needs (Black and Wiliam 1998). One efficient and immediate response to move pupils’ learning forward is to provide verbal feedback. 

Giving feedback verbally means that you can clarify and elaborate immediately, therefore ensuring that misconceptions are not embedded, and pupils can act upon the feedback given straight away. Putting pen to paper as you circulate to support pupils’ learning can also mean a reduction in your written marking workload.

As you watch this video of classroom practice, consider how the teachers:

  • Praise pupils where they are successful
  • Monitor pupils during the lesson to elicit evidence of learning
  • Probe pupils and use live marking to elaborate and self-explain their ideas
  • Provide immediate feedback so that pupils can act immediately
  • Prioritise establishing a safe and productive classroom culture before monitoring and live marking


Whether you’re establishing ways of working for the first time or reviewing your feedback approaches, take some time to reflect on what the teacher has done, how they’ve done it, what they might have done differently, and how this might influence your own practice.


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