Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)

Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) will be separately assessed in externally assessed units in English Literature, Geography, History and Religious Studies in January 2013 and all subsequent exam series.

This means that:

  • separate marks will be awarded where a sufficient level of extended writing is required
  • marks must be allocated to individual questions
  • at least three marks must be allocated to any single question
  • students must be aware which questions include marks for SPaG
  • marks allocated must achieve a total weighting of 5% of the total marks for the qualification.

Ofqual propose that the five percent of marks allocated for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) in English Literature, Geography, History and Religious Studies will be carried forward to the new reformed GCSEs.

See your individual specification for how the marks will be allocated.