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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 and writing objectives for 11 year olds

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In our previous post we set out the objectives for children’s writing by the age of 7, as outlined in a booklet written by Her Majesty’s Inspectors in the Curriculum Matters series. Our aim is to compare and contrast what … 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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Personalised Learning and Martha Payne

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What kills curiosity, innovation and imagination? One could argue that a rigid, over-organised curriculum which is imposed on children and young people does precisely that. Enabling children to learn for themselves through their own real interests has to be the … Continue reading

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Blogging as an Art Form; Summer in the City

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Summertime in London has definitely begun. There’s still rain on the roof this morning, but at least it’s kind of a warm, friendly rain. There’s a thick layer of cloud overhead, but the outside temperature is a fairly benign 18C. … Continue reading

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