Laura Kerr

Primary Teacher

Our Lady & St. Joseph's Primary

  • Digital Learning: Health & Wellbeing

The effect of online feedback on pupil’s confidence in Literacy work


“Feedback is among the most powerful influences on achievement” (Hattie, 2012:134). Through effective feedback pupils can learn and expand their confidence. To ensure feedback is successful it needs to be “focused, specific and clear” (Hattie, 2012:134).

Within our group we felt that formative assessment was a crucial part of our classroom practice and wanted to integrate this into our new digital learning.Therefore, as a group formative assessment became our clear focus and we wanted to examine this through gaining feedback from pupils about their online learning.

“Formative assessment is an essential component of classroom work and that its development can raise standards of achievement” (Black & William, 1998:1). Formative assessment is such an important teaching tool that carrying this over to online learning is very important to help further pupils’ education. It has been argued that through theuse of self-assessment pupils can “take an active role, become self-regulated learners and leave school able and confident” (Bullock, 2015).Online learning has led to pupils having to work more independently and through introducing self-assessment online their confidence in their work could grow.


The aim of this enquiry was to:

use a variety of online formative assessment methods to gain pupil feedback.

measure the growth in pupil confidence in their literacy work based on this feedback.

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