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Last reviewed on 8 September 2017
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Meaningful feedback that improves pupils’ work does not have to be written. However, many school leaders are still telling us that they are struggling with reducing marking workload in their school. To help, we've put together this mythbuster to help you work out what you don't have to worry about.



Myth Fact Ofsted expects to see a certain frequency of marking in books. Ofsted does not expect to see any specific frequency, type or volume of marking and feedback. Ofsted expects teachers to record verbal feedback on pupils’ work. While inspectors will consider how written and oral feedback is used to promote learning, Ofsted does not expect to see written records of oral feedback provided to pupils by teachers. If inspectors identify marking as an area for improvement, it means that teachers’ workload will increase. Ofsted explains that if marking is seen as an area for improvement it will pay “careful attention” to the way that recommendations are made to ensure that this does not result in unnecessary workload for teachers. Teachers are expected to deep mark pupils’ work. Deep marking has not been set as a requirement by Ofsted or any government policy. The Teachers’ Standards state that teachers must “give pupils regular feedback, both

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