Last week, The National Association of Headteachers announced plans to reject a new spelling, grammar and punctuation test being introduced in the summer. Discussing the motion, Tony Draper, a headteacher in Milton Keynes said the “test would cost millions of pounds” and lead to “increased misery for our year six students and their families.”
Finding an alternative way to assess spelling
Rather than setting another standardised test, the NAHT asked officials to place trust in professionals’ ability to assess children’s’ writing now, and into the future. It’s resulted in pupils being assessed on their work throughout the year for the very first time.
Now, teachers have the opportunity to use lesson plans and activities to form opinions on their pupils’ abilities.
However, as has always been the case, it can be challenging to engage some students in the topics of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Luckily, there are plenty of resources online to help.
Help available to teachers
A first stop for teachers to engage students in literacy is the Key Stage 1 and 2 word work sections on the Coxhoe School Jotter website. The huge variety of resources will help professionals plan and teach subjects like spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Teachers needing more in depth study of the topic can also refer to research and advice from the government. This Department for Education research paper includes an analysis of three different strategies to help improve standards in children with literacy.
Alternatively, educators looking for an easier solution could try Spellanywhere. It’s our software specifically designed to help improve and assess students’ spelling and vocabulary. With Spellanywhere teachers can:
- Engage students at home or school with online activities
- Appeal to all ages and abilities with differentiated questions
- Save time with automatic marking
- Form accurate assessments from any data collected
How to find out more
If you’d like to find out more about using Spellanywhere in your assessments, please get in touch using our contact form on the right hand side.
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