Tests and exams have their own administrative tensions for you as does the continuous assessment you have over a range of your class work.

Don't let all lessons end with marking

Plan your work so that not all lessons end up with marking for you. Talk questions through with the class getting contributions from different pupils this lets the other pupils see how answers are worked out.

Don't use a complete piece of work

Do so many questions with the whole class and then get them to complete the final part. Less for them to do on their own, less for you to mark but the whole paper has been covered.

Give clear and concise instructions

Save time and red ink with a new piece of work by explaining what is to be done at the outset. If you're concerned about how work has been completed, go over it with the pupil to see where the problem occurred. You can waste a lot of time marking and remarking and neither of you benefiting from the experience!

Be organised with your assessment

Good assessment is all about being organised and keeping track of grades and completed test papers. These marks are vital to you so work out a scheme for recording them that is easy to use. Many schools will have schemes for recording in place so use what is tried and tested.

Learning can't always be graded


Not all work is graded and assessed. Some work is about moving towards a goal and just perfecting the skills needed to complete a final assessment. Learning is important as well as performance and completing a task against a list of criteria.