The Punctuation Ladder is an additional resource that can be used in pupils' A4 exercise books. It states 20 different punctuation skills (from the use capital letters and full stops to the use of dashes for emphasis) and shows the grade they would achieve in writing. Skills are graded using 1 to 6, in accordance with the new GCSE grades, and requires the teacher to sign or date the box to show they have met each specific skill. The maximum grade pupils can achieve is Grade 6 with the assumption that pupils will begin to use the full range of punctuation creatively to achieve higher marks. The resource can be used at both KS3 and KS4 level.