Marking and data collection is a major source of concern and stress for teachers in England. Teachers spend an average of 6 hours and 48 minutes testing and assessing students every week. Across a 39-week school year that is the equivalent of more than 265 hours (or 44 days) of assessing.

Ashdown Primary School in Sussex agreed that a significant factor in teacher workload was marking. They decided to look at the way that their school approached marking.

They believe that looking at students’ work, either during the lesson or after it and responding to what is seen, is the most valuable form of feedback. They call this responsive teaching. Kate Owbridge is the Executive Headteacher of Ashdown Primary School. In this session, Kate explains the rationale of responsive teaching and how it should be performed and the benefits of moving away from traditional marking techniques for both students and teachers.

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Marking and data collection is a major source of concern and stress for teachers Some schools are now looking at innovative marking techniques to reduce the workload of their teaching staff. We heard from Kate Owbridge, Executive Headteacher at Ashdown Primary School on the school’s switch from marking to responsive teaching.

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