Putney High School accused of using symbols to mark exams

Mail Online | 7/13/2018 | Sarah Harris for the Daily Mail
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Teachers at an independent school have been accused of failing their pupils by using symbols when marking key end-of-year tests.

A new logo system was used at £18,900-a-year Putney High School, south-west London, this summer to help assess the work of 11 to 14-year-olds.

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This replaced the use of teachers' comments, forcing children to work out for themselves where they had made mistakes. The all-girls school said it also 'saved valuable time when marking the papers' but critics said it was 'fashionable nonsense' that panders to 'snowflake' pupils who need to receive clear, useful feedback.

Antony Barton, who is head of English, said the school tested the new approach for summer exams in Key Stage Three (ages 11-14).

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Writing for the Times Educational Supplement website, he said: 'We put an end to all teacher comments other than a brief line of genuine praise. We had given the marking criteria to the students before the exam but, on this occasion, they also received a sheet of symbols with their returned papers.

'The definitions alongside the symbols explained the seemingly mystical annotations that adorned the margins – symbols identifying that a particular line contained a structural problem, unclear expression or flawed logic, for example. The precise nature of the error, however, was something students had to determine.'

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Staff said the approach led to students having 'much better engagement with the marking criteria...
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