Assessment is an important part of the learning process at Nower Hill.  We use it to recognise the effort that students put into their work, help them to identify what they have done which is successful and provide them with feedback to help them know what they can do to improve.  This process is also used to enable teachers to plan future lessons to give students the opportunity to make fast and sustained progress in their learning.

Marking and feedback is carried out in a variety of different ways across year groups and subjects according to what is most appropriate for that stage of learning and the students’ needs.  As part of the assessment carried out at school we ensure that students are given appropriate exposure to assessments which will prepare them for public examinations.

At the bottom of this page you will find the schools assessment policy which explains how we use assessment for learning at Nower Hill.  As the policy explains we use a range of methods for providing feedback to students.  One of these methods is quality marking by the teacher.  Where a piece of work is quality marked, teachers will place a school stamp or sticker so that it can be easily identified.

Formative feedback through quality marking will always comprise of at least the following elements:

  • what the student has done well
  • what they have been less successful in doing
  • an indication of how improvement can be made
  • an effort grade

Work is only graded where this can be done accurately and is useful for the student.  A culture is created where students do not compare that grade with the students around them but with their own target grade.

In the subject information area of the website you will find the curriculum booklets for each year group.  These documents contain curriculum maps for each subject taught within that year.  As well as explaining the content covered it also sets out how the students will be assessed in each subject.


All teachers contribute to marking for literacy.  When quality marking students’ work subject teachers focus on subject specific vocabulary for correction and at least one paragraph will be corrected for literacy using the school’s literacy notations which are below.

We would encourage Parents and Carers to highlight or circle words that you identify as miss-spelt in students books.  Please encourage students to look the word up in the dictionary and get them to write the corrected version in the margin next to the work.

                                                            Standard Marking Codes




Sp with word underlined

Spelling error

  1. Teacher to write correct spelling clearly in lower case
  2. Encourage student to look up correct spelling in Dictionary  

At the end of the workfollow:                   Look, Cover, Correct, Check procedure X5.


Punctuation error

  1. Teacher to correct punctuation
  2. Student to use Helper Sheet

At the end of the work student redraft at least 1 corrected sentence.


New paragraph

  1. Read through
  2. Note where the subject/topic changes

Start a new line

? and or exp

This does not make sense / cannot be read / wrong tense

  1. Teacher to write example
  2. Student to read  aloud and make changes

Rewrite in a more engaging way.


Wrong word or a better word available

  1. Teacher to write alternative.
  2. Student to use a Thesaurus and check that the new word makes sense

Rewrite at end of work


Example needed

  1. Teacher suggest an example
  2. Student find example and use

Rewrite at end of work

Double tick, Wow! Brilliant! Fabulous!



Excellent / Good Point


Enjoy being clever and give yourself a pat on the back!




Assessment Date  
Assessment Policy 01st Oct 2018 Download
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