New test at end of year 6
To test 'basic skills' - really, they should have them anyway, I despair of our education system;
Every 11-year-old in the country is to be tested on their grammar and punctuation skills.
The new exam in May could also include a check on the neatness of handwriting.
The initiative is aimed at preparing children for tougher GCSEs which will put a stronger emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar.