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Live marking

A bi-weekly T&L post for staff at Community Schools Trust

Thahmina Begum

Executive Headteacher, CST

At Community Schools Trust (CST), we have banned retrospective book marking. Instead, we live mark.

We realised there wasn’t much use frantically marking books within a rigidly defined window (eg. every three weeks), usually occurring just before a book look. By the time students received our feedback, they had moved on in their learning, it didn’t feel relevant any longer and very often, they did nothing with the feedback. That’s not to mention the hours we had put in marking their books which bled into our evenings and weekends.

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