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Marking Policy


Cerne Abbas CE VC First School, Duck Street, Cerne Abbas, Dorset, DT2 7LA

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Marking Policy


Date of policy November 2022

Date reviewed by the

Governing Body

FGB 22/11/2022

Member of staff responsible

in Cerne Abbas CE VC

First School

Catherine Cresswell
Review dateAutumn 2026


‘The provision of feedback is a shared, two-way activity. It should aim to

encourage dialogue and develop the self-assessment skills of learners, moving them on to improve and achieve further.’


Research based on the ‘Sutton Trust’ has shown that children using critical thinking and having effective feedback are making gains in their learning of about 9 months above the national average.’


Sutton Trust research 2010


Our vision is to be the best we can be.

We are committed to nurturing every child to thrive in a safe and engaging environment based on our Christian values of Peace, Trust, Friendship, Joy, courage and Forgiveness. We strive to develop happy and confident learners ready to face the challenges of their next steps.


All children should receive positive feedback that moves learning on and encourages dialogue and reflection, matched to their individual needs.  This should be reflected in the marking policy.




  • To use a coherent system throughout the school for checking and marking children's learning.
  • To give praise and encouragement and to value children's learning.
  • To provide positive feedback when the teacher assesses children's understanding and learning.
  • To highlight strengths and areas for improvement in order to:-
  1. help children improve 
  2. plan future learning
  • To ensure a consistent approach within the school that is understood by the children and parents.
  • To ensure children are actively involved in their understanding of next steps in learning




  • Live marking in a lesson is encouraged where possible to contribute to lessening the teacher's workload.
  • All learning should be seen by the teacher who should indicate on the learning that this has been done, indicating how the learning was completed. eg. I – Independent, TA – Teaching Assistance, T – Teacher led, GG – Guided Group, S – Supply Teacher and P – learning with a partner.
  • Comments should be positive, encouraging, questioning, constructive and extending.  All comments have the expectation that the child responds during Consider Time to extend, improve and reflect on their learning. 
  • Children improve their learning using a purple pen in KS1 and KS2.
  • AfL marking using Pink and Green highlighters will be used to highlight successes against the Learning Outcome or Success Criteria (SC). Sometimes a green highlighter is used to improve a child’s personal learning target.
  • Throughout the school feedback may be verbal (clearly indicated by a V), particularly with the younger children and will highlight successes, areas for improvement and ways to improve. 
  • Frequently children will be given time to improve one particular aspect of their learning either orally as a group, as appropriate, or independently responding to teacher’s feedback.  With very young children successes and improvements wherever possible will be highlighted alongside them during the learning activity to ensure clarity.
  • Children will speak with clarity and confidence when understanding what the Pink and Green  highlights mean and be clear over how this is moving their learning on.
  • At Cerne Abbas CE VC First we deep mark an extended write once a month in the children’s Once A Month Books. This involves tickled pink and growing green comments. The other writing is marked according to this policy with abbreviations and tickled pink and growing green comments if necessary. The expectation with Maths is to acknowledge all of the learning with abbreviations and at least a tick.
  • In Early Years children’s next steps are written next to a picture of some steps in green.


Rewards and Awards


  • Praise and encouragement should be used throughout the school as often as possible.
  • Stickers will be used to encourage confident and conscientious learners.
  • Special mention and Head teacher’s Awards for learning and dispositions of learners will be used to encourage active participation in learning.


A positive, purposeful and enthusiastic atmosphere

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