Objectives of feedback at The Dolphin School 

We offer feedback to our pupils in order to: 

  • show that we value pupils’ work and encourage them to do the same; 

  • boost self-esteem and aspirations through the use of praise and encouragement; 

  • give a clear picture of how far pupils have come in their learning and to identify next steps; 

  • offer specific information on the extent to which pupils have met the learning objective or individual target set for/by them; 

  • promote self and peer assessment so that children can recognise their strengths and difficulties, to then accept guidance from others; 

  • share expectations; 

  • gauge pupils’ understanding and identify any misconceptions; 

  • provide a basis both for summative and formative assessment and provide individual tracking of progress; 

  • and provide an ongoing assessment to inform future lesson planning and target setting.  

Our approach

There is a variety of ways for teachers/TAs to respond to pupils including written or verbal responses. The type of feedback given must take into account the age and stage, ability and confidence of the children as well as the type of subject/learning and objective of the lesson. 

One of the most effective types of monitoring of learning occurs through conversation with children particularly during the time when learning is taking place. Therefore, face to face dialogue on successes and misconceptions in learning is valued and promoted across all phases at The Dolphin School.