English grammar in the media
This is a collection of comments, in the UK media or other sources, about the teaching of English grammar, and especially about the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) tests.
- 2017 (May) A blog by Bas Aarts, responding to Mansell, Hinsliff and others.
- 2017 (May) Another article in The Guardian, by Gaby Hinsliff.
- 2017 (May) An article in The Guardian by Warwick Mansell.
- 2017 (April) A report in the TES of criticism by Michael Morpurgo of the SPaG tests.
- 2017 (April) A report by the Commons Select Committee on Education criticising all the KS2 SATs tests and recommending that “the Government make [subjunctive!] spelling, punctuation and grammar tests non-statutory at Key Stage 2, but still available for schools for internal monitoring of pupil performance”.
- 2016 (August) A TES article about criticism of the 2016 SPaG test by Tim Oates, with links to other articles criticising the KS3 SATs as a whole.
- 2016 (July) A blog by Alice Sullivan and Dominic Wyse
- 2016 (June) A talk on BBC Radio 4 by A L Kennedy against primary grammar and the SPaG tests.
- 2016 (May) A survey for the BBC of 750 Year 6 children about the SPaG tests.
- A data-set that was originally attached to this item, but later removed.
- 2016 An open letter in the Guardian by Michael Rosen about SPaG to the Minister for Schools
- 2016 Blog by Bas Aarts about Mary Bousted complaining in the Times Educational Supplement that the SPaG tests are too hard.
- 2015 Blog by David Didau about Michael Rosen’s Guardian column.
- 2015 Guardian column by Michael Rosen about the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar tests.
- 2015 Express: Teachers need to learn grammar
- 2015 Mail on Sunday: Teachers need to learn grammar
- 2013 David Crystal’s blog: A testing time – about the new SPaG tests
- 2013 Daily Telegraph: Government adviser criticises ‘flawed’ primary school literacy test