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"Parents and the vast majority of teachers are satisfied with the tests. I deplore this ill-conceived, last minute carping."

Cheryl Gillan, junior education minister, on the row over the validity of the key stage 2 tests "It is not acceptable for more than half the pupils to have their test papers wrongly marked, let alone all of them, which was the case with English" Peter Smith, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers

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