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Understanding Spelling and Grammar Marks (SPaG Marks) in G.C.S.E exams.

Updated: Aug 4, 2022

Understanding Spelling and Grammar Marks (SPaG Marks) in G.C.S.E exams.

One of the confusing elements of the G.C.S.E exams that have recently been taking place is the way that students are marked on their spelling and grammar usage. Spelling and Grammar Marks, often referred to as ‘SPaG Marks’, are an additional set of criteria that exam boards set up, that are a part of the overall marking scheme for exam performance.

Sadly, for students with dyslexia and other neurodiverse conditions who find spelling and grammar difficult, this means that the ability to get top marks in an exam could be hampered by challenges with spelling and grammar even if the students are able to perfectly express their learning knowledge.

It seems unfair and often difficulties arise with poor provision in schools for supporting neurodiverse needs, or for many not having a diagnosis that can unlock support.

Recently the team at Aventido came across a useful guide about Spelling and Grammar from the OCR exam board.

We thought that it would be useful to share it with our readers as it covers the following topics:

  • Understand why SPaG is important.

  • Tips on certain areas of SPaG.

  • Advice on common mistakes.

  • Exercises that could help with links to other useful websites.

You can download a copy of the guide by clicking here.


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