Peer marking

This week’s Teaching and Learning idea focuses on making peer and self-assessment as simple as possible by using a points scoring system.

Show pupils the criteria before they complete a task and then, when their work is complete, ask them to tally up their total score; chances are, the pupil with the highest score will have written the strongest response which they can then share with the class by reading it aloud or using the visualiser.  All pupils will gain points so all will feel they have achieved without worrying about grades, levels or bands.

Here is an example from a KS3 English lesson during which pupils were asked to compare two characters from a novel:

1 point per connective

2 points for inference

2 points for ‘because’/explanation

1 point for quotation

3 points for referring to the writer

This is essentially a simplified version of the GCSE criteria without the worry of looking at complicated mark schemes.

Points can be weighted more heavily depending on the skill/knowledge you’d like pupils to demonstrate. You can even incorporate minus points to help pupils avoid common pitfalls ( – 4 points for every…).

Pupils get extremely competitive with this and it enables them to fulfil certain criteria in an accessible way. Pupils could easily write a ‘to improve’ comment for themselves or others by looking at which of the criteria they didn’t fulfil.