Part 1 – Spelling
- Of the two boys, Gary is the more dominant.
- The teacher did not intend to embarrass the pupil.
- This individual is always late to school!
- It would be advantageous to learn the verbs in the past tense as well as the present.
- It is no coincidence that those who worked hard attained the best results.
- There was an overwhelming response to the school’s charity drive.
- Our neighbour thinks that the local primary school is excellent.
- The intellectual challenge in today’s lesson will definitely push certain students.
- The boy’s parents have a troubled marriage.
- Alternate angles between parallel lines are always equal.
Part 2 – Punctuation
Exclusive Sir David Carter – Why Im standing down
So “King David is off. The government’s academies tsar is departing for pastures new this summer and he says he’s quite happy about it.
“Its been the most incredible leadership journey” a relaxedlooking sir David Carter says as he sits down to talk to tes. But I set out a number of things I wanted to do in this job and I think Ive done most of those.”
So there will be a replacement national schools commissioner – the job advert goes up this morning but Sir Davids departure surely signals the end of an era in education
It was an era when the Department for education (DfE) was hoping its new schools figurehead could help it cut down to size the then Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw.
Exclusive: Sir David Carter – Why I’m standing down
So “King David” is off. The government’s academies tsar is departing for pastures new this summer and he says he’s quite happy about it.
“It’s been the most incredible leadership journey,” a relaxed-looking sir David Carter says as he sits down to talk to tes. “But I set out a number of things I wanted to do in this job and I think I’ve done most of those.”
So there will be a replacement national schools commissioner – the job advert goes up this morning, but Sir David’s departure surely signals the end of an era in education.
It was an era when the Department for Education (DfE) was hoping its new schools’ figurehead could help it cut down to size the then Ofsted chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw.
Part 3A – Grammar
If you are the parent of a student who travels to school in or on a vehicle, then please
- read this letter and complete and return the attached information slip which is attached.
- read this letter then complete and return the information slip which has been attached.
- read this letter complete and return the attached information slip.
- read this letter and complete and return the attached information slip.
Last year we had a number of concerning incidents involving students using vehicles.(wrong preposition)
- These incidences have happened both on the way into school and onto school grounds.
- These incidences have both happened on the way to school and on school grounds.
- These incidents have happened both on the way to school and on school grounds.
- These instances have happened both on the way to and on school grounds.
This is clearly of great concern
- as we wish to insure
- as we wish to ensure
- as we wish insurance
- as we are wishing to insure
students understand the responsibility they undertake when travelling by motorised vehicle.
Part 3B – Grammar
I would also like to make it clear that
- if the individual is reported for irresponsible behaviour that we can corroborate,
- if an unresponsible individual is reported for behaviour that we can corroborate,
- if an individual is reported for irresponsible behaviour that we can corroborate,
- if an individual is reported for unresponsible behaviour that we can corroborate,
we will be left with no choice but to ask those students responsible not to travel to school intheir vehicle.
All vehicles should be
- roadworthy and conform to all required legislation.
- roadworthy and meet all required legislation.
- roadworthy and conform to all the legislation necessary.
- roadworthy and meet all the legislation required.
The majority of our students use their vehicles sensibly and respectfully but sometimes a small minority
- give the wrong impression about the school and its students.
- are giving the wrong impression about the school and it’s students.
- give the wrong impression about the school and it’s students.
- are giving the wrong impression about the school and its’ students.
If we do not receive a form for a vehicle found on the school premises then we will arrange for its removal.
Part 3C – Grammar
Staffing is being supported by non-teaching Pastoral Managers who are vital
- in order to enable reactive but also timely proactive work to occur
- in order to reactively enable but also timely proactive work to occur
- for the enablement of reactive but also timely proactive work to occur
- in order for enabling proactive but also timely reactive work to occur
with our students.
From September, we will be moving from Heads of Year to four Progress Leaders
- who are responsible for
- who can be responsible for
- who will be responsible for
- who should be responsible for
the leadership of the respective houses.
We are looking for this new role to build bridges between the pastoral and academic aspects of school life,
- so that pupils progress can be boosted.
- in order to boost pupil progress.
- for boosting of pupil progress. (word added
in order to make pupil’s progress improvements.
Part 3D – Grammar
I am pleased to inform you that the Prom tickets are now on sale.
- Please take heed that the ticket price is inclusive of two drinks each student.
- Please be aware that the ticket price will include two drinks each student.
- Please note that the ticket price will include two drinks per student.
- Please notice that the ticket price is inclusiving of two drinks per student.
To ensure that the evening is enjoyable for everybody, please note:
- Students may look after their ticket
- Students must look after there ticket
- Students may look after they’re ticket
- Students must look after their ticket
as they will not be permitted to enter the Prom without it.
- Entry is rightfully refused to students who have not adhered with
- We reserve the right to refuse entry to students who have not adhered to
- We reserve the right to deny entry to students who have not adhered with
- We reserve the right to deny entry to students who have not adhered from
the school behaviour standards between now and 29 June.
Part 4 – Comprehension
The number of school pupils in Scotland studying modern languages like French and German has slumped dramatically over the past year amid a teacher recruitment crisis, according to official figures.
Statistics published by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) showed a 6.2 per cent fall in the number of youngsters taking the subjects at Higher level, equivalent to a drop of more than 500.
The figures also showed the numbers studying modern languages for their National 5 exams, the replacement for Standard Grades, have fallen by 351.
The sharp decline comes despite SNP ministers stating they want to increase the number of students studying languages to help them succeed in the “global marketplace.”
However, the Nationalist government has cut teacher numbers by around 3,500 over the past decade and some schools last year resorted to writing to parents appealing for help with filling maths vacancies.
Councils were forced to re-advertise more than a thousand teaching posts in 2016/17 because they were unable to fill them at the first attempt.
Liz Smith, the Scottish Tories’ Shadow Education Minister, said the fall in children studying modern languages risked Scotland’s pupils being left behind and “clearly” there were problems with finding staff in some parts of the country.
She said: “It’s well-documented how poorly Scotland’s schools perform when it comes to modern languages, often being left well behind by our European neighbours. The SNP claims it is tackling this, but despite that promise the statistics continue to move in the wrong direction.
“It’s essential pupils are given the opportunity and encouraged to take these subjects, as learning a new language can open all kinds of doors in the future, and help people progress in other subjects.”
The SQA figures showed the number of entries for a modern language higher fell from 8,747 to 8,205 last year, including a 14 per cent drop in the total studying French and a 13 per cent fall for German.
These sharp drops were partly offset by an eight per cent increase in Spanish entries. Increases were also recorded for Chinese languages and Italian but together they accounted for only 393 pupils.
The number of secondary children studying modern languages at National 5 level dropped from 16,467 to 16,116, with a two per cent drop in the number studying French and a six per cent fall for German.
Italian suffered a 27 per cent slump in entries, while Spanish increased by two per cent. The Chinese total rose from 98 pupils to 144.
The drop emerged after SNP ministers announced an extra £3 million in February for a scheme that teaches pupils additional languages as early as the first year of primary school.
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “For the third consecutive year Higher entries for modern languages have exceeded 8,000, despite a fall in the size of the school year-groups involved.
Read the statements below and, based on the evidence provided by the passage on the left of the screen, decide to what extent each statement is supported in the text.
- Children in other European countries are no more likely to have a better command of foreign languages than children in Scotland.
- The study of modern foreign languages is extremely useful, not only for future employment opportunities, but also for progressing in other areas of the school curriculum.
- Increases for the number of children studying Chinese and Italian should be disregarded because there were so few children studying these languages.
The following groups might all be potential audiences or readers of the article, although some of them would find it more useful than others. Which group would find it the most relevant and which group would find it the least relevant?
Drag and drop the M into the box next to the choice you consider most relevant and the L for the choice you consider to be least relevant.
- Classroom teachers in general
- PGCE students
- Teachers of modern foreign languages – M
- Ofsted inspectors – L
- The general public
Select three appropriate titles for this article:
- Languages on the down, but Chinese on the up
- Modern language slump in Scottish schools amid teacher shortages
- Parents being asked if they can teach
- Foreign language uptake in Scotland plummeting
- Why are we not better at languages?
- Statistics not looking positive
- Recruitment crisis not helping fall in language learning
- Modern languages to be introduced in primary schools
Select the three statements that are true:
- Scottish students are not far behind their European counterparts in terms of language learning
- The number of modern languages entries has remained steady if you consider the fact that the size of the year groups has reduced in the past three years.
- Because of the teacher shortage, parents have been asked if they are able to teach modern languages
- In the last ten years, over 3,000 teachers have been forced to leave the profession.
- Spanish was the language that has fallen the most significantly
- Part of the modern foreign languages issue is due to problems with teacher recruitment.
- The fall in the number of students taking French and German hasn’t been as significant as previously feared
- Just under one thousand teacher positions were advertised for a second time by councils in 2016/17