Inclusive feedback for disabled students

The University is committed to taking an inclusive approach in all aspects of assessment and feedback


Inclusive Marking for all students

The Inclusive Marking Policy applies when marking the work of all students. This means focussing on the communication of ideas within the work, rather than on technical aspects of written language in the majority of cases.

In some disciplinary areas however, there may be genuine reasons for assessing competency in written language skill.

When designing, delivering and marking assessment, it is important to recognise that some students will be at a disadvantage here, so clarity and transparency about assessment criteria are vital.  

Providing Feedback on Flagged work

The work of some disabled students will be "flagged" for marking consideration. These are students who have a verified diagnosis of a condition which impacts on their writing, commonly dyslexia or another specific learning difficulty.

In some cases students with other conditions, such as a hearing or visual impairment may also have been given this recommendation by Disability Services.

As a form of reasonable adjustment under the 2010 Equality Act, it is important to acknowledge the additional needs of these students within feedback practices.

The Guidance and Checklist for providing feedback on flagged work will help you to do this. 

Inclusive Marking and Group work

Group work can be a source of anxiety for some disabled students as they may be reluctant to reveal areas of weakness in literacy to other group members.  They may also be concerned that their way of working might affect the overall outcome for the group.

An inclusive approach should be taken when setting and facilitating all student group assessments.

There are a number of things that module tutors can do to ensure that all participants are assessed fairly. The Guidance on Inclusive Marking and Group Work will help you to understand how to do this. 


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