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Lynne is a Secondary Teacher with QTS who is currently working in schools through Protocol Education in Bristol. Lynne shares her view on the use of literacy in the classroom and believes it needs to be addressed.

As supply teachers we have to keep up with educational developments in order to maintain a degree of credibility in the classroom. However 'keeping up' is significantly easier than 'delivering'. I feel deep sympathy for the teachers who are now going to have to get their heads round the new exams for sixteen year olds.

There has been tweaking of the exams over recent years; in my own subject area, MFL, dictionaries have come and gone, coursework requirements have frequently changed, speaking exams have shrunk. But there has not been anything so radical as the current proposals since O Levels/CSEs were replaced by GCSEs.

The Government is obsessed by standards and, although in my experience a lot of their criticism of schools is unfounded, there are times when I understand where they are coming from.

Last week, I covered Year 8 Food Technology. The lesson plan had been left on the teacher's desk in the classroom. It read “pupil's [sic] may use plain paper”, “pupil's [sic] should write a plan”, they “should look at there [sic] level.”

The previous week I had to deliver a powerpoint presentation for a history teacher. On the screen, alongside a picture of Henry VIII, appeared the question “What should he of done?”[sic]. I am certain that both these teachers are excellent practitioners in their subjects but the question of literacy in our schools does need to be addressed with regard to both pupils and teachers.

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