In my last UK job six years ago, it was insisted by SLT that all feedback to students was in writing. We even had the beyond-stupid demand from the hod to spend lessons printing out screendumps of the last unit, cutting them out to fit an exercise book, sticking them into a book, with students adding a commentary and target, and teachers commenting on them, and students following up on the target with evidence, with teachers commenting on the comment. This was for every unit. In addition, every three weeks, exercise books were expected to have some evidence of work, marked, and every three weeks, a written test had to be given and marked. No prizes for guessing a) how stupid this was b) it told noone anything c) it didn't help students get better d) it didn't help teachers e) SLT thought they were tracking progress and it was a wonderful system. Now, six years later and running a department, I insist that all teachers in my department (three others) speak one to one with every student for at least five minutes on a two week cycle, discussing work done, commenting on books, organisation, progress.etc. I randomly ask students occasionally about the last teacher chat, to check it happens. I also require one auto-marked test half way through a unit (a unit lasts eight to ten weeks), testing key language and terms. And one grade for each organised and properly presented portfolio of work at the end of every unit, properly marked in detail with comments, suggestions for improvement and discussed with each student. I think this helps students, teachers, SLT and parents. We are currently reviewing the feedback we give. My question is, do you think this is about right, too much, not enough info? Feedback from parents and students suggest they are happy, and teachers are okay with the workload. Thanks.