About This Teaching Strategy
This teaching strategy was designed specifically for UK classrooms. Teachers in other contexts may choose to adapt it for their students.
Marking criteria codes are used to help students improve their work by allowing them to understand exactly when/where an error occurs and what they need to do to develop their writing. When used effectively, marking codes can save teachers marking time, can ensure that students have in-depth feedback and can promote student engagement with the feedback they are given. Using them also eliminates the issue of students not being able to read a teacher’s writing.
The codes have been divided into three groups: Reading, Writing and Design. Reading concerns comprehension skills, critical reading skills and analysing; writing focuses on technical writing skills such as spelling punctuation and grammar; and design encourages students to think about how to craft their language and ideas appropriately, and holds them accountable for completing their work to a high standard. Getting to grips with the marking codes requires an initial investment of time from the teacher; however, once the teacher has used them several times, the process becomes much speedier as common error codes get planted in memory.
It is important that students are given copies of the Marking Criteria Codes handout as they will need them for reference when their work is returned to them. Consider laminating a set for an entire class.