Tag Archives: SPaG Tests

Willard Wigan and Andy Hargreaves – Creativity, Autonomy and Potential

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Willard Wigan – the artist celebrated in the recent Birmingham Parks and Recreation display at the Chelsea Flower Show – was born nearly sixty years ago. He was a creative boy and a dyslexic – undiagnosed before and during his … Continue reading

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SPaG tests, writing objectives, and forms of assessment

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This brief post is the third in our series reviewing what HMI had to say about the development of children’s writing in their Curriculum Matters series. It has particular potency in the light of this week’s national SPaG tests for … Continue reading

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SPaG tests – How did we get here? HMI and English from 5 to 16

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Back in the days when HMIs were the most respected force in the land for improving education they published a series of booklets called Curriculum Matters. The first booklet in the series was English 5 – 16. It appeared in … Continue reading

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Michael Rosen’s Letters to the Secretary of State

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Michael Rosen has another of his letters to the Secretary of State in today’s Guardian, highlighting the vital point that education remains in the hands of inexperienced politicians rather than experienced professionals – unchallenged due to legislation that gives almost … Continue reading

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A Gift of Reading for Christmas

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What might be the greatest gift you could give a child this Christmas? The latest electronic gadget? A trip to a pantomime? The top selling “Furby”? Or a really brilliant book? How do we – parents and teachers – enable … Continue reading

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SPAG Day – Part One

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It’s finally arrived – the week of the SPaG tests – spelling, punctuation and grammar. Thanks to the Internet we’ve all been able to read some excellent blogs and articles which explain in great detail the pointlessness and dangers of … Continue reading

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