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FLASH Marking is radical new approach in which teachers give skills-based feedback rather than grades in English. All of the skills required for English and English Literature have been translated into short codes that teachers use when marking work. These codes are also used in lessons to teach the skills and by students to make peer- and self-marking faster, focused and more useful.

Students use the codes to understand the skills they are good at and those they need to improve, and teachers track strengths and weaknesses across their classes, which helps them to tailor lessons towards the skills that students are finding difficult. Subject leads can also see which teachers are good and less good at developing certain skills, meaning that peer support and CPD can be appropriately directed at the teacher level.

This form of feedback is being tested by the EEF to find out whether the removal of grades and a focus on subject specific skills improves the quality of feedback to students and ultimately increases their metacognitive skills and if this approach speeds up the marking and feedback process.

The codes enable students to see their strengths and weaknesses and work simultaneously.

This form of feedback is now being delivered to over 45,000 students throughout the country.