Ofsted Handbook 2013

Specific references to marking in the 2013 School Inspection Handbook.

QUALITY OF TEACHING IN THE SCHOOL (page 37)

[124] Inspectors must consider whether:
- assessment is frequent and accurate and used to set relevant work from the Early Years Foundation Stage onwards
- pupils understand well how to improve their work

Evaluating learning over time

[126] Inspectors’ direct observation must be supplemented by a range of other
evidence to enable inspectors to evaluate what teaching is like typically and the
impact that teaching has had on pupils’ learning over time. Such additional evidence may include:
 scrutiny of pupils’ work, with particular attention to:
- how well and frequently marking, assessment and testing are used to help teachers improve pupils’ learning
- the level of challenge provided
- pupils’ effort and success in completing their work and the progress they make over a period of time.

Quality of teaching in the school (Grade descriptors)

Outstanding
Consistently high quality marking and constructive feedback from teachers ensure that pupils
make rapid gains.

Good
Teachers assess pupils’ learning and progress regularly and accurately at all key stages,
including in the Early Years Foundation Stage. They ensure that pupils know how well they
have done and what they need to do to improve.

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