The head of Ofsted has warned that work to improve spelling and grammar in primary school pupils is being lost when they move to secondary school. Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector of schools in England, has said that the hard work put in to educate pupils in spelling and grammar early in their school lives is not being developed to its full capacity during secondary school.
"This slows down all children, but is particularly damaging for the most able pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who disproportionately fail to fulfil their earlier potential when they come to sit their GCSE examinations," he said.
Sir Michael commends the structured work implemented during primary school education to ensure students understand and use correct grammar. However he suggests that in subjects such as history and geography there is a lack of focus on this area at secondary schools.
Figures released in 2014 showed that around 5,000 disadvantaged pupils who attained the highest levels at the end of Key Stage Two had failed to achieve a grade B in English and mathematics at the age of 16.
Sir Michael has stated he will offer his full support to the proposed initiative to introduce resit tests for Year Seven pupils who do not achieve the expected standards for 11-year-olds. This announcement was made during the first of a series of regular commentaries on areas of education policy. The commentaries have been implemented so that the Ofsted boss can expand on the comments issued in the watchdog's annual report and offer a full wealth of material to support educational institutes.
Posted by Alan Douglas