The following blog was posted by Ross Morrison McGill is @TeacherToolkit, the 'most followed teacher on Twitter in the UK', an award winning deputy headteacher who writes the 'most influential blog on education in the UK' and one of the most widely read across the world.
I have copied the post here, it seems very applicable to our study, looking at what type of feedback is the best, an answer everyone will have their own opinion for.
10. Written FeedbackReaders will know I banished ‘verbal feedback stamps‘ to the trashcan in 2016. I’m confident this message is widespread; that evidence ‘verbal feedback stamps’ are for observer purposes which add no value to the progress of the student. Given that this fad is no longer the norm, I’d now like to float the idea that verbal feedback becomes the default mechanism for assessment. That written feedback is banished as the only means for marking students’ work.
There is a fantastic case study for schools to trial if they are keen to lead on action research projects. Can verbal feedback have an immediate impact on students? And is it more desirable than written feedback?
Of course, teachers will scream ‘YESssssssss!’ as they consider the potential hours of marking dissipate. Meanwhile, senior leaders and inspectors will shake their heads and frown, wagging their fingers claiming that we need ‘evidence of progress’ and that the most reliable way we can do this, is by checking you are marking students’ work in their books. ‘We want written feedback. And lots of it!’ inspectors will say:
1. That written feedback is the most valuable type 2.That the best written feedback is a conversation between pupil and teacher 3.That feedback must be evidenced in a book to ‘count’ towards a) progress b) evidence etc.
Well, it’s time to kick this idea into touch. The idea that written feedback is the best and only kind needs to be put to in the trashcan for 2017. We know ‘feedback’ is in the top five teaching influences on student achievement. Yet, no research suggests that written feedback is crucial. So why not? Let’s place verbal feedback top of the agenda throughout 2017 and put (unnecessary) written feedback in the bin!
You can read this blog here. http://www.teachertoolkit.me/2017/01/08/teaching-ideas-2017/