Using peer reviews to mark books

Some Sparx schools use peer reviewing to encourage and reward students for good bookwork. Doing so also helps teachers monitor bookwork as they may not always have the opportunity to check students’ books every week.

Peer reviewing can take different forms but one successful method used by some Sparx schools is to ask students to carry out spot checks of books during a lesson. You could do this by scoring specific elements of the work (e.g. layout, title, working out, and marking in correct colour), and then converting the points into whole school merits or house points.