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Semi-colon failures.

Semi-colon failures.

Marked Spag test papers suggest some pupils were penalised because of the shape of their semi-colons

Almost one in four Year 6 children failed to answer a question about semi-colons correctly in this year’s spelling, punctuation and grammar (Spag) test.

The question asked pupils where to put a semi-colon in the sentence "Come and see me tomorrow I will not have time to see you today" and was worth just one mark.

But it made national news headlines after it emerged that “secret” guidance had been given to markers on the correct size, height and orientation of the semi-colon, and that some pupils who had put the semi-colon in the right place in the sentence did not get the mark.

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