Confessions of a primary headteacher: Why my school banned marking |

Heavy duty marking for primary school textbooks can leave teachers overwhelmed and pupils underworked. Headteacher Clare Sealy explains why she banned marking in her primary school for an entire term, and the strategies she used to move beyond prescriptive text book marking.

I have a confession to make. I was an early adopter of heavy duty marking.

As a headteacher, I already rejected many expected nostrums of ‘good’ primary school practice. On the grounds that they were inefficient, time-wasting rituals that bore little actual learning fruit.

For example, I never asked for…

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