Grammar crammer

21st July 2000 at 01:00
To boost teachers' writing skills the Government is spending about pound;4 million on teaching them grammar.

From September, 25,000 Year 5 teachers will receive tuition in basic grammar from literacy consultants. A teaching pack and video will be sent to schools and money will be made available for supply teachers to cover for staff attending the one-day courses.

he Government says that teachers who attended school during the 1960s and 1970s missed learning the rules and terminology needed for the National Literacy Strategy.

In his review of the NLS's first year, Chris Woodhead, the chief inspector of schools, said that teachers' poor grasp of grammar was hindering children's progress in writing at key stage 2.

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