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Developing Classroom Practice

Improving writing


Pearson have been working on a writing project with Exeter University- it might be work a look!


Thinking about tackling grammar? Maybe surrounding pupils with posters might be a start.. click on the image..

Might be worth a look at what is happening in KS2:

Key stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling tests


The key stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling tests are made up of a 45-minute grammar test and a separate 15-minute spelling test of 20 words. Children will be tested on whether they can:
  • spell some of the most commonly misspelt words - including ‘separate’, ‘preferred’ and ‘necessary’

  • punctuate sentences properly - including the use of colons, ellipses and apostrophes

  • use grammar correctly - including the use of subordinate clauses and a range of connectives

The tests were taken in May 2013 for the first time by around 600,000 11-year-olds.

A little uncertain yourself?

This link may be a starting point. The content is not ours so we cannot guarantee all the quality... GRAMMAR


New GCSE for September 2015


Deciding on a new specification for 2015 is a challenge for all departments.

The links below will take you to the main exam boards and their newly accredited specifications.  Remember we are running courses designed to support you in approaching the new style examination.

Key things to remember:

  • No longer an English option
  • Two GCSEs available: English Language and English Literature
  • No Controlled Assessment or Coursework
  • For each GCSE there will be 2 examination sessions
  • To be counted in Progress 8 both GCSEs must be taken
  • The new achievements will be expressed as 1-9
  • Speaking and listening is required but not weighted in the outcome but reported separately
  • First teaching is September 2015 for certification 2017 (no early entry)
  • Re sit only available post 16

Click on the links below to see the new specificatios





Teaching Reading


Teaching ideas- click on the image










National Curriculum


National curriculum in England: English programmes of study (Click on the image)