Yes, it really is that simple.
Given recent announcements from Ofsted, the time is now right for teachers (especially maths teachers) to reclaim the two symbols above. The policy really is that simple but for those who would like it padded out a little, here goes.
The first symbol should be used for an answer that is correct. The second symbol should be used for an answer that is wrong. This is the only part of the policy that demands consistency throughout a department and school. Any teacher who has been using these symbols the other way round, for example, will need to change their practice.
It is for the teacher to decide the frequency of marking. For example, it is perfectly acceptable for students to self mark work when answers are called out. There will be other times when the teacher needs to check each student’s work individually.
It is for the teacher to decide the depth of marking. For example the first symbol can be used carefully to give encouragement by indicating a partially correct answer. Where an answer is not correct the teacher may decide to draw attention to the error by underlining or circling etc (the context will be clear, and there is no need for a specific symbol). It is also perfectly acceptable for a wrong answer to simply be marked as wrong, and for the student to be given the challenge of finding out why it is wrong.
If the teacher decides to write a brief comment or hint this is also acceptable but it should only be judged by a third party in the context of other individual and group feedback that has been given.
I would particularly like to hear from any headteacher, senior teacher, or manager who feels that this policy does not contain enough symbols and rules with which to burden the ordinary classroom teacher and therefore distract from actual teaching and learning.
Consultation ends on 31st January 2017.