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Does traditional grammar instruction improve children’s writing ability?

Alice Sullivan and Dominic Wyse.  Children in England have recently taken their statutory tests at age 10-11 (commonly known as Key Stage 2 SATs). The results, published today, show that the pass rate has plummeted compared to last year. This

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Is the new SPaG test for 11 year olds the best way to improve grammar, punctuation and spelling?

Julia Douëtil Grammar, punctuation and spelling matter! Whether we like it or not, they influence the way we are perceived in speech and writing. Actor Alexander Armstrong complained recently of unreasonable prejudice against people with posh accents and he is

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The primary English curriculum: command of language or language of command?

Dominic Wyse Primary children should develop a “love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment”, according to the Government’s proposed new English curriculum. I couldn’t agree more. An early introduction to the wonderful range of children’s books will enrich their

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