Marking is simultaneously an occupational necessity and the bane of many teachers’ lives. The current marking frenzy and associated workload in schools is a product of system wide fear, stupidity and ignorance. Fear of Ofsted, stupidity of some leaders (mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa) and the ignorance of too many teachers about the principles that sit behind a pile of books which need marking. Fear, stupidity and ignorance are powerful multipliers of each other.
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