Mistake means key stage one grammar, punctuation and spelling tests cancelled for 2016
April 25, 2016
Key stage one pupils will not sit the grammar, punctuation and spelling test this year after a teacher trialling the test spotted that the questions had already been published online as part of a practice paper.
In a statement, schools minister Nick Gibb said: “To remove any uncertainty and clarify the situation for schools, I have decided that we will remove the requirement on them to administer the key stage 1 grammar, punctuation and spelling test for this year only. Schools will still need to submit a teacher assessment judgement based on pupils’ work in the classroom as has always been the case.”
The paper had been posted on the Standards and Testing Agency website in January. The Agency said that the mistake appears to be a result of “a failure to follow appropriate clearance processes” and that a review is now under way.