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Assessment is an important part of the learning process at Nower Hill.  We recognise the effort that students put into their work, help them to identify what they have done which is successful and provide them with feedback to help them know what they can do to improve.  This process is used to enable teachers to plan future lessons to give students the opportunity to make fast and sustained progress in their learning.

Marking and feedback is carried out in a variety of different ways across year groups and subjects according to what is most appropriate for that stage of learning and the students’ needs.  As part of the assessment carried out at school we ensure that students are given appropriate exposure to assessments which will prepare them for public examinations.

Linked below is the schools assessment policy which explains how we use assessment for learning at Nower Hill

Assessment Policy

As the policy explains we use a range of methods for providing feedback to students.  One of these methods is quality marking by the teacher.  Where a piece of work is quality marked, teachers will place a school stamp or sticker so that it can be easily identified, see below.


Effort  1 2 3 4 5       AP              

Teacher Comment                          

Suggested Improvement


Formative feedback through quality marking will always comprise of at least the following elements:

  • what the student has done well
  • what they have been less successful in doing
  • an indication of how improvement can be made
  • an effort grade

Work is only graded where this can be done accurately and is useful for the student.  A culture is created where students do not compare that grade with the students around them but with their own target grade.

Linked below is a list of the work that will be quality marked in each subject within each year group and where that work is located.

Quality marking 2017/18

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13



All teachers contribute to marking for literacy.  When quality marking students’ work subject teachers focus on subject specific vocabulary for correction and at least one paragraph will be corrected for literacy using the school’s literacy notations which are below.

We would encourage Parents and Carers to highlight or circle words that you identify as miss-spelt in students books.  Please encourage students to look the word up in the dictionary and get them to write the corrected version in the margin next to the work


                                                            Standard Marking Codes




Sp with word underlined

Spelling error

  1. Teacher to write correct spelling clearly in lower case


  1. Encourage student to look up correct spelling in Dictionary   

    At the end of the work follow:                   Look, Cover,     Correct, Check procedure X5.


Punctuation error

  1. Teacher to correct punctuation


  1. Student to use Helper Sheet


     At the end of the work student redraft at least 1              corrected sentence.


New paragraph

  1. Read through
  2. Note where the subject/topic changes


Start a new line

  ? and or exp

This does not make sense / cannot be read / wrong tense

  1. Teacher to write example


  1. Student to read  aloud and make changes


Rewrite in a more engaging way.


Wrong word or a better word available

  1. Teacher to write alternative.


  1. Student to use a Thesaurus and check that the new word makes sense

Rewrite at end of work


Example needed

  1. Teacher suggest an example


  1. Student find example and use


       Rewrite at end of work


Wow! Brilliant!           Fabulous!



Excellent / Good Point


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