If there are two things I like they are simple and effective. Unfortunately, lots of things in life are neither simple nor effective. An example of this would be comment only marking. I am all for it, constructive detailed feedback to students which does not pigeon hole them into a 5/10 or worse a level 4c. However, despite rumours to the contrary, I am only human. Comment only feedback takes a long time and should be confined to one piece of marking per class per half term (in my opinion). So upcries from leadership and parents - but why are you not marking Joe's book every week (because most of his work is online - please join the 21st century...) how do you know he is completing his work? Well if you flick through Joe's book, you will see no red pen (not though some hippyish aversion to using aggressive red) but rather you will see highlighter - hopefully lots of it. A very simple and effective approach to marking an exercise book - highlight all bits of language which are correct/good and should be recycled. This take very little time and can be done when you are circulating around the class if you want to avoid taking marking home. So rather than having a red pen record of all of your mistakes and things you have done wrong, your exercise book becomes a rainbow like record of good language that should be recycled and reused.