The Grammar Gap

There are few topics in education – indeed, English life – that inspire fear, loathing and unfulfilled expectations quite like the subject of grammar. Researchers are quick to challenge notions of ‘standard English’ and how grammar is being taught in primary school, or the tyranny of tests. Sadly, amidst these loud debates, too many teachers …

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A Cautionary Tale of Educational Evidence – Part 2

Earlier this week I wrote a brief post explaining how research evidence that appeared from the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) appeared to challenge evidence undertaken by Deborah Myhill and her team at Exeter University on the success of her ‘grammar for writing‘ programme. See here. Now, as an English teacher, ‘grammar for writing‘ is a …

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