Case Study: Capel-le-Ferne, Kent

August 29, 2014

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Leading ICT Teacher, James Blomfield has been using Teacher Feedback at Capel-le-Ferne Primary School in Folkestone for over a year. James says, “Many teachers know that students don’t always read or understand the comments written in their exercise books. The great thing about Teacher Feedback is that it is harder to ignore. Students can hear the vocal expression of their teachers and this has a dynamic impact on their learning. The tone and intonation of a teacher’s voice conveys far more meaning and appreciation than written comments or cryptic remarks.”

James says that he has used Teacher Feedback in Class 3 and Class 6 and finds that it works well for older and younger pupils. “In busy classrooms, Teacher Feedback can also multiply the teachers’ effectiveness. For example a whole class can begin a creative writing lesson by listening to their own bespoke feedback on how to improve a current piece of writing. Students can listen to their teacher’s feedback several times if they need to, in or out of school, anywhere they have an Internet connection or Internet enabled device, before, during or after a lesson.”  Teacher Feedback also supports children with special educational needs. “We have used Teacher Feedback across the curriculum, including: Literacy, Drama, French, Latin, Numeracy, Science and Topic work.”

Teachers can see how many times students have listened to their comments and how they have responded. Class 3 student Zak says, “When I log on to Teacher Feedback there is a list of all the tasks and learning objectives we have been set, and I can listen to my feedback from Mr Blomfield. You get points if you listen to the feedback, if you ask a question about your next steps and also if you rate how well you understand. And we see a summary of this on our activity page.”

Teacher Feedback also presents a channel to parents and families who support the learner. James says that parents have really appreciated listening to Teacher Feedback with their children and feel they know more about what their children need to do in order to improve their work. Often families have to wait for parents’ evening to get updates on their children’s progress, but Teacher Feedback provides a more frequent channel of information into the home.