Newsnight’s Chris Cook asks whether we need to be wary about Whitehall’s capacity to run proposed educational reforms.
Yesterday evening, the Department for Education announced that it was cancelling a school test for half a million primary school children in spelling, grammar and punctuation. It emerged that the DfE had uploaded some test papers online. Indeed, they were presented as practice material, which meant the maximum possible number of test-takers would have seen them.
It’s not been a good week at Sanctuary Buildings. The DfE also received a roasting from the National Audit Office, the body which assists parliament in assuring value for money. And there are criticisms of it that should be career-ending for someone senior in the civil service. It is simply not permitted that the Department should breach “three of its expenditure limits authorised by Parliament”.
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