New primary school tests discriminate against dyslexic pupils, say teachers

“For many years, I have encouraged children to develop their vocabulary in their writing, urging them to be creative and ambitious with their word choices. Now this ambition must be curbed as teachers will be encouraging their pupils to use only words they can spell correctly … Those children with SEND [special education needs and disabilities] who have flair, creativity and write with a strong authorial voice will be deemed as not ready for secondary. This seems discriminatory…In the old system, the majority of marks were about composition. That’s just vanished. Now we are having to tell kids to forget about ambitious vocabulary, because it’s all about accuracy. So use ‘bad’ instead of ‘disastrous’, because you can spell it.”

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