It was the first few days of the academic year when the question arose. A teacher popped their head around my office door and casually asked: “Have you got a copy of the marking policy?”
Given that I am the headteacher, in retrospect, my response probably did not inspire the confidence it should have: “No, but if you find where it is, I’d love to have a look at it.”
It turns out that when you are new to a school as a head – with a new deputy head, literacy lead, key stage 1 team and no maths lead – tracking down marking policies is not your number one priority.
When we did locate a copy, ...