Using stamps in marking

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Stamps are a really quick and easy way to ensure that marking is effective but doesn’t take hours. I currently have eight sets of KS3 books that need marking every four lessons and I average at about an hour per set of books, therefore I am grateful whenever I find something that speeds up marking, whilst still ensuring my feedback is useful.

A few weeks ago I found some subject specific feedback stamps on Amazon and purchased a couple to try out.

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Why I find these particularly effective is because they fit in with my school’s marking policy. We use next steps to ensure that pupils are responding to the feedback given in their books, and therefore having the tick boxes on the red stamp allows me to give differentiated next steps, without writing out the same stock phrases over and over again.

The company I bought from was Classroom Capers, and they have stamps that give phrases specific to all different subjects.

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