Teacher workload: Marking Policy Review Group

The group was established to consider effective practice on marking in schools which raises standards for pupils without creating unnecessary workload.

The group:

  • looked at the workload implications of certain practices, with a specific focus on ‘deep marking’
  • considered whether guidance on effective practice and/or case studies about what works in schools might be necessary
  • developed a set of principles for marking in schools
  • made recommendations about marking policies and practice


Reducing teacher workload: Marking Policy Review Group report

Terms of reference

Marking Policy Review Group: terms of reference (PDF, 119KB, 2 pages)

Meeting dates

The group met 6 times.

Meeting notes

December 2015 (PDF, 110KB, 2 pages)


Dawn Copping (Chair) Headteacher, Shaw Primary School
Dame Kate Dethridge Headteacher, Churchend Primary School
David Didau Freelance consultant and blogger, The Learning Spy Ltd
Nicky Easey Assessment Leader, The Wroxham Primary School
Michael Eszrenyi Modern foreign languages teacher, Barr Beacon School
Carolyn Fox Executive Headteacher, Rise Park Academy Trust
Sean Harford HMI, National Director, Education, Ofsted
Martin Hodge Professional Officer (Education), Voice the Union
Rose Murphy Classroom teacher and phase leader, St George’s Roman Catholic Primary School
Darren Northcott National Official (Education), National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT)
Emma Thom Deputy Headteacher, Plantsbrook Secondary School
Mick Walker Independent education consultant
Amanda Whittingham Assistant Headteacher and Head of English, Wensley Fold Church of England Primary School
Yvonne Williams Head of English, Portsmouth High School for Girls

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