Kaley Riley

PPA time shouldn’t be for marking

Put all those hours spent poring over students’ books behind you and feed back smarter, says Kaley Riley

Teaching PPA time marking

Lots of us recall the days when we would sit and toil over a pile of books to ensure we had met the marking schedule. We would mark endless literacy errors, adding comments such as “good job” or “nice!”. I remember sitting with a pile of Year 10 books and writing half a page of feedback to every student about one paragraph that they had written.

Yes, my feedback was longer than many of their answers but, at the time, I believed myself to be doing the right thing by the children: spending all my planning, preparation and assessment time marking their work. To me, and the rest of my ...

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