A version of this article was originally published in the excellent ‘Teach Secondary’ magazine – you can subscribe HERE. It is well worth a read! Controversies and complaints about spelling are centuries old. In his Preface to ‘A Dictionary of the English Language’, in 1755, Samuel Johnson derided writers for their “ignorance or negligence”. Today, the Internet is littered with spelling errors and would-be Johnson-types, correcting and chastising mistakes as they go. Amidst the ever-present debates, our students face one of the age-old renewals of emphasis on spelling, with it once more becoming a significant part of assessment at GCSE and highly prominent in the KS2 writing frameworks. The English language is a dynamic and ever-changing thing: new words are coined daily, as well as archaic oddities littering our lexicon. You may ask, what chance do our students have of getting spelling right when they face over five hundred thousand words in the dictionary? Of course, they do

Source: Spelling: Avoiding Ignorance and Negligence