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Teacher Ridicules Department For Education Over Poor Grammar

You'd think the Department for Education would proof its work.

03/05/2016 13:22
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Mary Davies was riled by the government's response

A teacher says she will use a Department for Education letter littered with grammatical errors to help her pupils improve their writing.

Mary Davies, 38, had written to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to convey her concerns about changes to writing and spelling tests.

But the Year 6 tutor from Yarm, North Yorkshire, was left shocked by the government's response, which she says includes five obvious mistakes.

The errors included: 

  • a rogue apostrophe after "views of teachers"

  • a full stop missing after the fifth paragraph

  • several absent or unnecessary commas

  • "the department have" instead of "the department has"

The letter came in response to Davies' concerns about changes to Key Stage 2 tests.

After receiving the reply, Davies wrote on Friday: "Just a quick note to thank you for your reply to my letter concerning the assessment arrangements for KS2 this year.

"I had, after 6 weeks, given up on on receiving a reply from you, but I'm so glad it finally came. I will be using it next week with my Year 6 pupils to develop their evaluating & editing skills.

"I'm sure they will easily be able to spot the 5 punctuation and grammar errors, and, as this won't take too long, I can then ask them to use the interim teacher assessment criteria to judge the level of your letter."

Speaking to FEMAIL, Davies said: "I have been running weekly Booster classes for my Year 6 pupils for the last few months, in order to help them to feel more confident about the aspects of maths, spelling, punctuation and grammar that they will be tested on next week. 

"Despite the additional sessions and the exceedingly hard work they have been doing in class all year, the children are extremely anxious about what faces them."

Davies' concerns come as parents take part in a so-called "strike" over stringent demands of Year 2 exams.

Nearly 45,000 parents have signed a petition to protest over the Year 2 SATs exams by taking their children out of school on Tuesday.

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