What a retrograde step for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to have taken. The dull storyboard task gave a clear message that creativity was second to accuracy. Children do not need to write creatively, as long as handwriting, spelling and punctuation are correct.
I applaud the TES Target Creativity campaign. As teachers we work tirelessly to bring the literacy strategy alive. I am repeatedly bowled over by children's ideas and poetic skills. If we must have a writing test, then let children have a choice of inspiring titles and unlimited time in which to plan and write. We do not want to "catch children out"; we want them to feel proud of their creativity.
Manadon Vale primary St Peter's Road Plymouth, Devon