I was interested to read today that a study by Durham University and published by the Sutton Trust, has found that quality feedback from teachers is more effective in raising grades than homework, uniforms and smaller classes.
Giving pupils clear and effective feedback was considered “very high impact for low cost” in the study. Teachers comments were most effective when they were specific, related to challenging tasks, and given sparingly so they are meaningful. Researchers said that they encourage self-esteem by focusing on the positive.
As a parent, I can see the effect that positive feedback and reward has on my children, so it comes as no surprise to me. So the next time you go to parents evening, a good question to ask the teachers is ‘tell me about the effect that your feedback to my child has had on their grades’. Let me know how you get on 😉