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Thousands of parents and teachers are petitioning new curriculum tests for six and seven year olds which they claim are “inappropriately complex".
The new SAT literacy tests are under particular scrutiny after Schools Minister Nick Gibb got a question from one of the papers for six year olds wrong on BBC Radio 4's World At One on Tuesday.
Presenter Martha Kearney asked:
Let me give you this sentence: 'I went to the cinema after I'd eaten my dinner'. Is the word 'after' there being used as a subordinating conjunction or as a preposition?
Gibb got it wrong.
And it turns out Education Secretary Nicky Morgan - who has voiced strong opposition to protests - probably wouldn't do so well on her own tests either.
Satirist Tom Pride took a sample of Morgan's writing from a Q&A she did with Cosmopolitan in April and judged it using the government's official Key Stage 2 marking criteria.
The results aren't pretty; her answers are covered in red error marks:
Pay attention in school, kids: otherwise you might end up working as the Education Secretary...
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