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Last Updated: Sunday June 21 2009 09:18 GMT

Schools to rethink spelling rules

Magnets with random words on them

If you struggle with your spelling, you may be pleased to hear the way you're taught to spell tricky words could be about to change.

Teachers are being told the rhyme "i before e except after c" is a waste of time, as it doesn't always work - as shown in words like ancient or veil.

The government's suggesting ditching the rhyming rules and trying things like using jokes or studying TV guides.

The advice has been sent out to thousands of primary schools.

But not everyone's in favour of the idea.

Some people believe the spelling rhymes should be kept as they're easy to remember and are useful for the majority of words.