Feedback for Improved Learning

The approaches that deliver enhanced student progression

Developing and delivering well structured, highly focussed, effective feedback offers the potential to deliver the biggest gains in student progression and achievement of any teaching and learning strategy.

Virtually everyone in teaching and indeed management will say they give effective feedback but in reality most offers little benefit and much is actually counter productive; that is to say it causes more harm than good.

This workshop explains when and how feedback needs to be developed and delivered for it to be effective. It provides templates and toolkits to help participants develop and structure delivery of their own feedback. The focus throughout is on the approaches that that genuinely drive student learning, progression and achievement.

For feedback to be truly effective, it needs to focus each individual student on what they have done well and specifically what they need to do next, to maintain and/or enhance their progression. It needs to be tangible and transparent, easily understood, user-friendly and clearly referenced to the students’ own personal goals and targets. It also needs to be timely, ongoing, consistent and friendly. Achieving all this is not easy, not even for the most experienced teachers and trainers, but this training helps.

Delegate Feedback

For Whom

This fast-paced, highly practical workshop is designed for all those who have to work with groups of children and adults. This workshop is designed for teachers and trainers from FE Colleges, Local Authorities, Independent Learning Providers, Academies, Secondary Schools and 6th Forms Colleges

The workshop will also be of interest to those working in HE and/or commercial training departments or even operational managers who need to stimulate more effective discussion within their teams, as well as managers and lesson observers who are responsible for and/or involved in delivering feedback and/or developing the quality of teaching and learning within their organisational environment.

Aims and Objectives

  • To emphasise the importance and characteristics of effective feedback by exploring:
    • why checking learning & feedback are fundamental to learning & progression
    • the key characteristics of effective feedback, both spoken and written
    • the essential differences between effective and in-effective feedback
  • To help practitioners meet better the needs of individual student
  • To help practitioners further improve student learning, progression and achievement
  • To provide discussion, dialogue and clarity on:
    • the feedback process
    • its benefits to both teachers, trainers and students
    • how it delivers improved effective learner progress
  • To demonstrate how
    • the use of effective feedback supports student learning, development, thinking, understanding, & knowledge
    • to improve student participation and ownership during feedback activities
    • to develop effective feedback and recognise good practice in teaching & learning
  • Identify successful strategies for planning and delivering effective feedback
  • Develop a personalised framework to support effective feedback with organisational context


1. Current Practice and Understanding

The first session explores participants understanding of why the use of group feedback is fundamental in supporting effective learning. By exploring current performance and the approaches currently adopted including how, where, when and why they have proved effective, it establishes where the biggest gains are to be had. This session includes:

  • Why Feedback – teacher / trainer – learner perspectives
  • Reviewing current approaches to inform development opportunities
    • Successes
    • Failures
    • How effective is my use of feedback?
  • Development Opportunities

2. Assessment and Feedback

The second session focuses on what effective feedback involves and works. It demonstrates how assessment and feedback need to be intrinsically linked and what constitutes effective feedback

  • The key characteristics of poor feedback – impact on students and learning
  • The key characteristics of good feedback – impact on students and learning
  • The essential qualities and characteristics of effective feedback
  • How to feed forward

3. Developing skills around effective feedback

Session three focuses on the skills and approaches teachers and trainers need develop and apply to ensure their feedback supports and motivates students to learn, progress and achieve better.

  • Developing Feedback Techniques that :
    • improve student progression and ownership of learning goals
    • motivates and empower students
  • Ways to identify better which approaches work best with individual students
  • How to make feedback more personalised and relevant
  • Ways to use feedback templates to improve feedback quality and consistency
  • Refining the techniques that underpin and support highly effective feedback
    • spoken & written feedback
    • questioning
    • active listening
    • target setting

4. Review and Action Planning

The final session reviews the days learning and encourages participants to develop their own aide memoires and structures for delivering feedback when they return to their students.