How to give effective feedback to pupils

Find 5 principles of effective feedback from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and see how schools are using a range of feedback techniques to help pupils improve.

Last reviewed on 28 February 2022
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  1. 5 steps to successful feedback
  2. How primary schools are using feedback
  3. How secondary schools are using feedback

5 steps to successful feedback

Tell pupils, staff and parents about your school's approach to feedback

Use your feedback policy to do this, if you have one. Don't be overly specific about the how often you'll give feedback, as pupils will benefit from it during, immediately after and some time after learning. 

Use ongoing formative assessment to help you decide:

  • How you can improve your feedback systems
  • How often pupils should receive feedback

Provide opportunities for pupils to act upon the feedback after it’s been given, so staff can evaluate how effective the feedback has been. Use both verbal feedback and written marking While writing may play