Primary school children lose marks in Sats tests for misshapen commas

Ten and 11-year-olds who answered questions correctly did not get mark, in line with guidance described as ‘beyond parody’.


A row has broken out over the marking of this year’s primary school tests after teachers complained that their pupils had been unfairly marked down for the shape and size of their semi-colons and commas.


Children were asked to insert punctuation in a pre-written sentence and, despite getting the answer correct, failed to get a mark because their commas were not curved the right way or their semi-colon was too large or not in precisely the right place, teachers have claimed.


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