Providing Feedback to Children

Feedback should help children recognise their next steps and how to take them. Good feedback tells children:

Feedback can be to an individual or a group, and can be written or oral.

  • Oral feedback in lessons
  • Acting on feedback
  • Written feedback
  • Give constructive feedback
  • Only give feedback that is linked to the learning objectives of the lesson. Don’t give feedback that relates to previous lessons, as this can cause confusion
  • Look for common problems or successes and stop the class for a mini plenary to give feedback. Experience of an activity allows you to watch for the common pitfalls
  • When speaking to an individual child, give feedback that is specific to them and avoid comparison with others in the class

oral feedback

  • Carry out a similar activity using similar skills to allow children to try them again after feedback
  • Ask children to transfer comments or targets from a previous piece of work on to the new one. You could write their target on a ‘Post-It’ to make this easier
  • Stick a blank comment sheet in the front of books and start the lesson by asking children to transfer your written comment to the sheet. Give time for them to read it, think about it and write their own response

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  • two stars and a wishUse ‘two stars and a wish’; two things the child has done well and something they could now try to improve
  • Give examples to children of what they need to do next
  • Remember to allow children time to act on your feedback

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