Feedback for learning NE714

Develop your approaches to written and oral feedback, to support student learning through formative assessment, without increasing your workload.


Marking has been identified as an area of excessive workload for teachers, but feedback is crucial for students to improve their understanding.On this course, you’ll explore evidence-based approaches for using written and oral feedback to support student learning without increasing your workload. You’ll learn how to develop a classroom culture that encourages formative dialogue and prepares students to receive, act upon, and learn from teacher feedback.

“The course has given me a much broader, deeper and more informed understanding of methods and goals of feedback.” Participant, UK 

Who is it for?

This course is for teachers, curriculum leaders, newly qualified teachers, trainee teachers and others involved in teaching science, engineering, technology, computing or mathematics. It’s suitable for educators working in primary, secondary or further education (ages 5-19 years). 
Participants will need to have prior experience marking and facilitating lessons that they themselves teach. This course compliments our Planning for learning: formative assessment course. However, this course can be taken as a standalone course and all learning will be supported within the content of the course.

What topics are covered?

This course covers:

  • Observe teachers using strategies to develop a ‘mistake friendly’ classroom
  • Strategies for written feedback which cause students to think.
  • Which types of oral feedback most help students in their learning.
  • Helping students to be receptive to feedback and respond in a way that maximises learning.
  • Making the transition from teacher-supplied feedback to self-monitoring.

How will you learn?

This online, self-paced course can be completed flexibly. Participants can join and start this course at any time after the advertised date. 
This course is not facilitated. You can learn independently or with colleagues to directly address your individual needs. 

How long is this course?

This course takes around 9 hours to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time. You can take the course at your own pace.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • apply approaches that use students’ errors to maximise learning as part of classroom culture.
  • identify different types of feedback interaction within your teaching.
  • develop a range of strategies to involve students in oral and written feedback.
  • develop a formative classroom culture that prepares students to be responsive to feedback.  



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