Tips on Feedback with Miriam. This was a great session with loads of useful advice. Here’s a summary of some of Miriam’s Top Tips on marking and CTG comments.


  • Set up and link to success criteria
  • Use a student’s work to model expectations
  • The importance of checking
  • Post-its
  • Making notes as you mark
  • Peer/Self Assess
  • Marking Timetable/Regularity

Looking at those more closely:

1.Set up and link to success criteria

Miriam noted how important it was to set up high expectations with comments and the response to marking. Make sure you remind them of the success criteria and check that the WILFs are challenging and good quality.

Marking CPL 2

2.Use a student’s work to model expectations

To help reinforce expectations use some previous work done by students.

The example below helped her students recognise that responding to feedback required both quantity and quality. A few throw away sentences were not enough.

Marking CPL3

The importance of checking

Miriam highlighted how important it was to check responses – quite often students would appear to have responded and look like they were working diligently however with checking it becomes obvious that students still have serious misconceptions.


Miriam also pointed out that good marking takes time – it is difficult to make it quick.


4.Making notes as you mark


Miriam argues that making notes as you went along meant that often you might spot general trends which can be brought up with the whole class. This she found a really powerful way of ensuring effective feedback. She also pointed out the power of post its. If a student finds a post-it note in their book they know there is something to check and improve. (see above)

Miriam was also a big fan of the visualiser noting how much easier it was to explicitly go over what the students needed to do.

Peer Assessment

When PA Miriam would explicitly model the kind of things she would hope to see in their comments so as to avoid weak PA answers.

To wrap up Miriam pointed out the importance of a timetable and the fact that good quality marking took time – there were no real short cuts but that quality was more important than the quantity.


Finally here are Miriam’s Top Tips:


  • Collect the books in open
  • Limit your comments
  • Flexibility (numbers/stars/paragraph etc)
  • If they haven’t done it properly….
  • Don’t be afraid to extend the criteria
  • Feedback quickly if possible
  • Be super explicit about how you want them to respond – show them good examples/model to them
  • If students aren’t in when others respond, keep their books to one side so you don’t forget and give them their books as a do now activity next lesson
  • Post-its
  • Timetable
  • Notes as you mark
  • Use your visualiser
  • Silence