The Scottish Government (2009) believe that effective assessment in the classroom helps young people to understand how their skills are progressing. Feedback is key to this assessment and allows learners to see the gap between their current and desired knowledge and how to take action to close the gap. (Harris, 2007). As it plays such an important role in pupil development, it was decided to undertake an investigation into the different forms of feedback that can be used in the classroom.
The aim of this enquiry was to compare the use of verbal feedback in the classroom against the use of written feedback and observe the impact on pupil learning.