Marking work

  • Students who are registered with the Dyslexia/SpLD Service are entitled to use a blue marking card.

    If a blue marking card is submitted with a student's piece of work, the marker should follow the   Guidelines for Marking Work of Students with Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (PDF). The following approach should be taken:

    • the student is marked on their ability to demonstrate an understanding of the subject using an appropriate academic style
    • the student is not penalised for poor spelling, poor grammar or awkward sentence structure where the meaning of their work is clear and there is no interference in the reader’s ability to understand what is written
    • where spelling, grammar and punctuation are part of the learning outcomes, the number of marks that can be lost for these is stipulated and a small sample of the student’s text is selected and commented upon.  This is especially helpful where technical or specialist language is deemed important to the subject
    • feedback is given in a straightforward and accessible manner, with positive and constructive comments exemplified to facilitate understanding and improvement.

    For modules where academic standards would be compromised by applying dyslexia/SpLD marking concessions, exemption may be requested (Word doc.).

    Online submission- New process from 2017-18

    Students will no longer need to insert the Jpeg of the blue card into their essays and will instead indicate through the Moodle and Turnitin interfaces that they wish their work to be marked in accordance with the blue card guidelines. This option is only available to students who are registered with the Dyslexia/SpLD Service. You will need to check which students have opted to use the blue card. To see which students have added a blue card, follow these step-by-step instructions for use of the online blue marking card. Or if you prefer, follow the instructions by watching these short videos.

    Marking Turnitin Assignments

    Step by step guide to accessing which students have added a blue card along with their Turnitin submission.

    Marking Moodle Assignments

    Step by step guide to accessing which students have added a blue card along with their Moodle submission.