9.3 Assessment and feedback

In LSE student responses to the National Student Survey, feedback on assessment has traditionally received a low rating compared with other aspects of their studies. Partly for this reason, it has become a major area of focus in teaching and learning at the School. The Teaching and Learning Centre has produced a series of guidance notes, which take as their starting point key principle that feedback should be a dialogue between student and teacher and not simply a grade. As such they reflect the ten principles proposed by the National Union of Students:

The ten principles of good feedback practice

Feedback …

1.  should be for learning, not just of learning

2.  should be a continuous process

3.  should be timely

4.  should relate to clear criteria

5.  should be constructive

6.  should be legible and clear

7.  should be provided on exams

8.  should include self-assessment and peer-to-peer feedback

9.  should be accessible to all students

10. should be flexible and suited to students' needs

Source: The Great NUS Feedback Amnesty, Briefing Paper

The Teaching and Learning Centre's guidance notes, which include lots of useful tips and information as well as, in most cases, sample pro-forma for giving written feedback, are available to download at lse.ac.uk/tlc/resources| or can be requested in hard copy by emailing tlc@lse.ac.uk|