Ofsted recognises the importance of different forms of feedback
In their recent advice to schools Ofsted said that it, “does not expect to see unnecessary or extensive written dialogue between teachers and pupils in exercise books and folders. Ofsted recognises the importance of different forms of feedback and inspectors will look at how these are used to promote learning.” Teacher Feedback offers an alternative to traditional written comments, and allows teachers to record audio feedback for students (and their parents) to hear. Because teachers can talk much quicker than they can write, (about 100 words in one minute,) they are able to leave richer, more detailed commentaries. This also addresses the issue of how to reduce teacher workload in England’s state schools.
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. Students can rate how well they understand the feedback and post comments or questions back to their teachers.