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Should spelling,punctuation and grammar be part of the curricculam?


hssutton

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Schools could refuse to administer an exam in spelling, punctuation and grammar for 11-year-olds in England because it risks promoting a culture of “teaching to the test” at the expense of providing a broad curriculum.

Often I'm unable to understand the written word in various forums due to the lack of punctuation grammar and spelling. Of course this may be down to my age and the onset of senility.

I guess my real question is are the NUTs nuts?

Teachers call for boycott

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interzone55

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I work in a school, and there is a lot of resentment about politicians constantly meddling with the curriculum.

Every year the goal posts are moved on how the league tables are scored, and a number of current GCSE & BTEC subjects have been removed from the approved subjects list, so won't count towards scores on the league table and will be dropped from school curricula.

Ofsted inspections are a massive drain on resources and often don't concentrate on important areas such as teaching standards - our last inspection centred on our boarders (160 foreign students who live on site, we're an academy not a public school).

My full time job is gathering data for the ofsted, fisher family trust and DfE

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bumpkin

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Of course it should be taught but too late the innits and aints are the new generation.

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spider9

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Of course when you have a politician in charge of any Government department ther must be intense pressure on him/her to 'do something' in order to aid their own prospects of getting up the greasy pole.

So, at the moment, education is in the firing line. But we've had similar events involving the NHS, the police, immigration etc etc. As I've heard some teachers say "Leave us alone for a wee while before changing everything again". Doubtless doctors and police officers felt the same.

Frustration builds.....

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Woolwell

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spider9 - With members of the family either teaching or involved in education then what you have heard "Leaver us alone for a while" is quite correct. Goalposts, targets, etc are constantly changing and the result is that time is spent trying to keep records rather than teach.

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Joseph Kerr

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No. Things change, Daddy-o! Let anarchy rayne! u cnt go avin a go @ d kids for it if you've eva dfnded anyion e here whos been rowndid on for some trsgrssion or uvver!

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bumpkin

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My point exactly Joe

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pavvi

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hssutton

I find it mildly amusing that in the thread title, you forgot to put a space between spelling and punctuation!

I've never approved of the whole table of results for schools and tests for this, that and everything will just make this worse. When I did O Levels and A levels, grammar and spelling was always taken into account in the exams. In fact it was typographical errors that cost me a First Class Honours mark in my Philosophy thesis at University.

Much is said about lack of respect by the "Youth of Today", but morality doesn't come high on the agenda in schooling because that isn't a subject that is examined, so it doesn't appear on the local schools tables. Education is more than just examination results. And the tables are just a load of statistics that are often bandied about by politicians to back up their arguments. (Lies, damned lies and statistics, anyone?)

Preparing children for adulthood isn't just about pieces of paper and teaching to a goal. A goal has a finishing line - children have to live beyond that line, not just to it.

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john bunyan

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"you forgot to put a space between spelling and punctuation!" And, I regret spelled Curriculum wrong, but that is nit picking!!!

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hssutton

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Pavi I agree with john, that's nit picking Now if you had picked up on my spelling of curriculum :)

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Quickbeam

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You should have claimed it was a spot the deliberate mistake example.

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That's wot I'd 'av dun:)

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