After they published test paper online, England’s education department ask that teachers don’t!

Tweet also shows misunderstanding of the date of the tests as well

Following the embarrassment of the Department of Education in England publishing literacy-based tests aimed at 5-7 year olds online – in error – a request was put out on the @educationgovuk Twitter account requesting…



…despite their own guidance pointing that these tests should be administered in May, with no specific date or week in May singled out.

Teachers around the country responded in a mix of outrage, disbelief and noting the hypocrisy asking people not to publish things online, which they shouldn’t.

One response raged, “becoming more & more less fit for purpose on a daily basis. You should be ashamed of yourselves”, where another teacher mused, “You mean, like, don’t publish them in advance…? That’d be verging on idiocy wouldn’t it?”

A trainee teacher suggested, “or maybe don’t test 6/7 year olds and let them be children??? Just a thought!!!”

At the time of writing, there were over 100 responses on Twitter to the original tweet, which was published via Hootsuite, meaning that the tweet was likely to be scheduled, as it was published on a Bank Holiday, and no reply was forthcoming from the DfE.

 <em><span style=”color: #3366ff;”>Click on the image above to see the original tweet, and the range of responses</span></em>

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