Spalding teacher's e-mail 'had 14 mistakes'

An e-mail sent from a teacher to a parent containing 14 grammatical and spelling mistakes has been criticised by Plain English campaigners.

The message was sent to the parent from a teacher at Gleed Girls' Technology College in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

The mother was unable to attend parents' evening and received an update email, with mistakes such as "role modal" and "attenance".

The school has apologised and said the e-mail had "been written in haste".

Bad language

Some errors by the unnamed teacher such as "requriements" and "everning" appear to be typing mistakes, while others such as "boardering" and "occaisions" were viewed by the mother, who has not been named, as genuine spelling errors.

Marie Clair, spokeswoman for the Plain English Campaign, said she thought the email was an extreme case of bad use of language.

She said: "I'm not impressed and I'm sure that the parents of the pupil are not impressed either.

"All of us live in a really fast-moving world and what we need to do is think before we communicate."

The school's head teacher was unavailable for comment.

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