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Spag (Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar)

What is SPAG?

SPAG stands for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. It is a core focus of the English National Curriculum.

Why is Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar so important?

  • Punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence greatly.
  • We need to use Standard English to communicate effectively. Using incorrect punctuation, grammar and spelling can change the meaning of sentences whether spoken or written.
  • Children need to use accurate SPAG to progress in life and build careers.

What does the National Curriculum say about SPAG?


Reading is divided into two parts, word reading and comprehension. SPAG is featured in the comprehension part as it is related to the understanding of texts and reading as a whole.


Writing is divided into two parts, transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition, (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).

“Pupils should be taught to use the elements of spelling, grammar, punctuation and ‘language about language’ listed.”

“Throughout the programmes of study, teachers should teach pupils the vocabulary they need to discuss their reading, writing and spoken language. It is important that pupils learn the correct grammatical terms in English and that these terms are integrated within teaching.”

To download a copy of our SPAG glossary, please click here

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