Schools Week is reporting that the key stage 1 spelling and grammar test that was leaked earlier this year has cost the government almost £1million in designing, trialling and producing. The actual figure is likely to be higher as this figure does not take staff labour into account.
Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, said: “I am appalled at this shocking waste of public money which has been revealed by Schools Week.”
“If a teacher or a school had been responsible for such a monumental security blunder, heads would have rolled. Now thanks to Schools Week, we have found out the full cost, yet the schools minister Nick Gibb is still in his job.”
A government spokesperson said key stage 1 tests had an “important part to play” in its drive to raise standards, as they “help teachers assess pupils’ progress and identify early where extra help may be needed”.
He added: “The costs involved in developing this years KS1 grammar, punctuation and spelling test will be offset against the cost of developing and trialing future KS1 assessments.”
“The KS1 grammar, punctuation and spelling test breach was clearly regrettable, and a root and branch review is underway to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Schools were still free to administer the test this year, and to use it to help pupils master essential skills.”
Do you agree with Angela Rayner that Nick Gibb should have lost his job over this blunder? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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