Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Research Corner

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Research Corner

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Each week, we highlight education research conducted by teachers. This week, Simon Bayliss, a teacher at Oxford Spires Academy in Oxfordshire, explains how he attempted to improve his school's methods of offering feedback by asking students for their opinions.


Written feedback has become inextricably linked with the day-to-day work of a teacher. As a result of the emphasis placed on marking in his school, Simon Bayliss, pictured, wanted to discover students' thoughts on his marking, in order to maximise the impact of his written feedback.


Few research projects have looked at how feedback can be best delivered from a student's point of view. Bayliss decided to do just that to see if he could gain any insight. His hunch was that students were often unsatisfied with their feedback and found it difficult to judge or contextualise their own performance.


Bayliss selected 500 students for his study, from every year group within key stages 3 and 4, and asked them to complete an online questionnaire.

He then asked them to review the feedback they most commonly received, rating how effectively it helped them to make progress and suggesting how it could be improved. …

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