Effective feedback

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Does your school provide consistent, effective feedback to pupils?

Research summarised in the Sutton Trust/Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit shows that high quality pupil feedback has an average impact of eight additional months of progress for pupils.

This course aims to improve your teachers’ skills in preparing for, giving, and getting effective feedback and enabling, noticing and responding effectively to pupils’ contributions.

Our course content partner is the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE).



This course is suitable for school leaders, teachers and support staff from early years to secondary education. There are six 90 minute sessions available for teachers and support staff, and two 90 minute sessions for school leaders.

Each of the sessions can be easily adapted to the needs and timings of your school.

Objectives include:

  • Developing an understanding of effective preparation strategies for promoting depth, challenge, meaning and purpose through feedback
  • Planning how to use an action research tool to test a feedback strategy for a focus group of pupils
  • Relating evidence for effective feedback strategies to a range of different contexts
  • Developing a plan for enhancing preparation so it works more effectively for a focus group of pupils


Sessions in detail

Session 1a - Introduction to effective feedback (leadership session)

Session 1b - Introduction to effective feedback 

Session 2 -  Preparing for effective feedback: developing meaning and depth in feedback 

Session 3 - Strategies for preparing effective feedback: preparation of activities and people

Session 4 - Opening up dialogue

Session 5 - Meeting everyone's needs

Session 6 - Students' contributions to effective feedback

Session 7 - Evaluating impact (leadership session)


How it works

We've created The Key CPD Toolkit to take the time, cost and effort out of developing your own training.

"Planning to deliver CPD? Get in touch with The Key - their CPD is fantastic."   Training participant, Bournemouth 

Using our training is simple:

1. Download the materials, created with subject specialists, and quality assured for your peace of mind

2. Quickly adapt the resources to meet the needs of your school 

3. Deliver engaging training, with the support of comprehensive facilitator guidance

4. Evaluate the impact of your training to identify areas where staff need further support