The next time you are marking books, homework or coursework and you feel that a student has fully met the criteria, pose a random – but linked – question to the work.


  • Johnny has completed a piece of work on “Whether people should be allowed to vote at 16″
  • It is a superb piece of work, some minor changes needed here or there
  • Write in big letters, at the bottom of the work “But what would happen if the age went up to 40? Discuss….”

The idea behind this is to stretch the most able students beyond the curriculum, to challenge their minds to think laterally.

If implemented correctly, such feedback can focus on the following:

  • Offering praise for the task
  • Ensuring praise remains separate from any feedback on the learning

Any thoughts? Please leave a comment below….