Government caves in to demands to scrap primary school spelling test after paper was leaked online

primary school spelling test due to be taken by hundreds of thousands of seven-year-olds this summer has been ditched after it was accidentally published online.

The test, part of the Key Stage 1Sats assessment, is taken in May along with tests in maths and reading.

But it emerged the spelling test had been uploaded to the Standards and Testing Agency website as a practice paper by mistake in January.

The error was only spotted this week when a number of schools piloted the test and the questions were recognised.

The Government initially said the test would still be used as part of the Key Stage 1 assessment – used to gauge 500,000 pupils’ progress but not to rank schools – but following pressure from teachers it has relented.

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