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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Evaluation of Meols Cop High School Feedback Project

A research project of the School of Education.


This EEF-funded study is a randomised controlled trial to examine the impact of a code-based marking and feedback approach in Key Stage 4 English. To date, there are very few robust research studies which focus on marking and schools have very little rigorous information on which to base their marking policies and practices. The FLASH (Fast Logical Aspirational Student Help) marking approach has been developed by a team at Meols Cop Research School in Southport. The trial involves over 100 secondary schools and 19,000 children across the country. In addition to exploring the impact of the approach on attainment in GCSE English and GCSE English Literature, the project will also be investigating whether the intervention has an effect on teachers’ workload.


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • EEF Funded Evaluation Of Meols Cop High School Feedback Project (£107619.40 from Education Endowment Foundation)


The FLASH marking approach aims to improve the attainment of pupils in GCSE English and English Literature. It is also designed to provide focused, supportive formative assessment throughout the Key Stage 4 English programmes of study. The developers and funders are also interested to examine whether FLASH marking can have an impact on the amount of time that teachers spend marking and their overall workload.


From the School of Education