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‘I wish they would write more clearly’: students speak out about marking

If we are honest, teachers are not renowned for abstaining from moaning. Get a few of us together, and it probably won’t be long before the topic of marking raises its ugly head.

The teaching union NASUWT recently condemned “overly bureaucratic and workload-intensive marking policies” in schools and their impact on teachers’ work-life balance. Just over three-quarters (76%) of their members who took part in their survey pointed to marking as the biggest contributor to excessive workload. They cited examples where even the colour of the pen was specified, claiming such micromanagement undermines teachers’ professionalism…Click here to read more.