The Headteacher: Grammar drive brings testing times

Steve Woodhouse, Executive Headteacher of Bishop Wilton CE Primary
Steve Woodhouse, Executive Headteacher of Bishop Wilton CE Primary

You might have heard of the Government’s relatively new SPAG test. SPAG stands for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar and children sit the test towards the end of their time in primary school.

So, why do we have the test and what does it offer our young children?

The day after a school holiday can sometimes be used as a teacher training day, once known as a Baker Day (named after Lord Baker who introduced them). We used our most recent day to learn more about the SPAG test and the Government’s plan to introduce an additional test for seven year olds.

Many of my staff were surprised by the complexity of the test, the content of the material and the standard we need to get our young children to.

Read Steve’s full column in this week’s (15 January) people’s paper.