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Marking Guidance

The Purpose of Marking

To ensure children realise their full potential we believe that marking should be aligned to our vision and values. We have identified that marking of children’s work has a huge impact on their learning behaviour and the progress they make. It serves to:

  • Give positive affirmation.
  • Praise success, acknowledge and reward hard work.
  • Gather evidence of the child’s understanding; highlight and diagnose misconceptions; assess gaps in learning and signpost the ways to improve.
  • Inform planning for the next steps in the ‘Learning Journey.’

We have identified three levels of marking:

  1. Effort (Growth Mindset): This is a way of giving positive affirmation, praising success and rewarding the efforts of the child.
  2. Editing and improving (Skill): Provides signposts for the child to make changes which will improve the standard of their work, and set achievable next steps (targets).
  1. Peer and Self-Assessment: Enables children to take ownership of their learning, understand how they have been successful and identify next steps (targets).

Success Criteria/Personalised Targets

To support learning, marking codes (see below) and ‘Success Criteria’ slips are used to enable children to make sense of their learning and to understand their next steps (personalised targets.) Children are encouraged to respond to marking in dedicated ‘Marking Respnse Time’ and are encouraged to edit and improve their work regularly.

 Marking Codes

  • To avoid the child’s work being ‘spoilt,’ adults’ comments wherever possible are written in margins.

Written next to Learning Intention (LI):

P (P)

Learning Intention met. Learning Intention partially met.

Written in work:




^ //



Correctly answered or used.

Check and review.

Word spelt incorrectly (underlined). Write missing word. New paragraph needed.

Supported learning.

Read writing back.

Written in margin:


(M) (G) (P)



Verbal Feedback.

Correct method, incorrect final answer. Grammatical error. Find it and put it right. Missing or incorrect punctuation. Find it and put it right. Incorrectly spelt.

Speak to an adult.

Written at bottom of page (children only*):










Not sure.

What Went Well comment.

Even Better If comment.

Self/Peer Assessed (child initials)*.

Write word correctly 3 times.

Marking colours (pen):




Teacher (Green)

Teaching Assistant/Other adult (Purple)

Children (Red)