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Education and employment secretary Gillian Shephard today welcomed a new video which helps secondary school teacher...
Education and employment secretary Gillian Shephard today welcomed a new video which helps secondary school teachers grade their pupils' speaking and listening skills.

The video which is being sent to all secondary schools will:

-- help teachers assess their pupils' spoken English as part of GCSE or Part One GNVQ;

-- show what communication skills teachers should be looking for in their pupils;

-- give good examples of activities which can be used for assessment purposes; and

-- show the national standards that all teachers should be using.

Mrs Shephard said: 'Teachers and assessors will now have examples drawn from the classroom and workplace to help them assess their own pupils. The videos are accompanied by detailed guidance material which shows what candidates should demonstrate to achieve each grade from A to G - across the full ability range.'

'It is less than a year since I launched the Better English Campaign to reinforce the importance of spoken English. Part of its purpose is to draw attention to the need to communicate effectively.

'Pupils' GCSE certificates now show exactly what they were awarded for their English speaking and listening skills. And this new guidance highlights the priority I give to ensuring that standards set by the GCSE and in communication key skills are properly understood and applied by all schools and colleges.

'The School Curriculum and Assessment Authority (SCAA) and the National Council for Vocational Qualifications (NCVQ) have worked with the awarding bodies and exam boards to produce these materials, and I pay tribute to them for their efforts.

'I also want to thank the schools and businesses that took part in the preparation of the material. They have played an important role in helping to ensure that the standards required are firmly established.'

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