Dot marking


I have been experimenting with dot marking. I am always looking for ways to make marking more efficient and effective for the students. I have seen dot marking used before and decided to have a go myself to see if it would work for my students.

I have used the coloured sticky dots for coded feedback on longer pieces of work and also for differentiated next steps.


I used dot marking for my KS5 mock exams, and each colour refers to something that either has been done well or where something could be improved. For example, I have used green for a good point or explanation and red for ‘more development needed on this point’. I had planned to feedback the essays to the group and give them the colour code, however a colleague suggested that I get the pupils to guess what the colours mean. I think this pushes the pupils even further and makes the marking more effective as it encourages the pupils to be actively engaged with feedback and begin to question their own work.

Additionally, I have used the coloured dots as an easy way to differentiate next steps. I have used different colours that refer to different colour coded tasks that the pupils will complete in green pen in their exercise book to facilitate progress. Saves time writing out next steps, can be easily differentiated and encourages pupils to engage with the feedback!


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