Imagine a government setting up a commission to discuss ‘writing in primary schools’.
Surveying the scene at present it would see that a key factor in writing were the SATs and in particular the GPS (formerly the SPaG tests at KS1 and KS2). (Translating the jargon here: the spelling, punctuation and grammar tests for 6/7 year olds and for 10/11 year olds.)
These are a key factor because teachers have to prove that children reach ‘expected levels’. These expected levels require teachers to teach aspects of the spelling, punctuation and grammar as part of what equals ‘good writing’. To take…
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