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Tom Dawson, an IOP Teacher Network co-ordinator based in Shropshire, advises NQTs to prioritise planning lesson content and developing teaching skills over marking. “Only then can you start thinking about homework,” he explains. “When that is in place, think about tests. And only when all that is working well can you realistically start working on how to get each individual student’s achievement levels up.”

He points out that physics has many mathematical elements which can be easier to mark:  “Homework designed to test understanding does not need to be marking-intensive. Filling in the blanks, solving problems and questions requiring short answers can test a wide range of topics and pick up where they are struggling.”

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