An Education Minister was forced to issue a statement saying; “The department does not issue guidelines which prohibit or discourage the use of red ink for marking schoolwork”
This is another example of political correctness akin to not allowing people to win races in case it discourages others.
Head teachers should cut out this petty nonsense given the very high salaries they earn as managers. Pupils need to be ready for the real world where they will be told very quickly if they get things wrong.
A recent US study found that the colour red was associated with “warning, prohibition, caution, anger, embarrassment and, being wrong!” The last example being exactly the point a teacher is trying to make with red ink I would suggest .
The study by the University of Colorado and reported in the Journal of Social Science found that students thought they had been assessed more harshly when their work was covered in red ink compared to more neutral colours such as blue.
Back in the day in the public sector we weren’t allowed to use green ink as that was the colour used by auditors.