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The government has had to cancel its controversial new spelling and grammar test after it was accidentally put online by officials

Half a million seven-year-olds in England were going to take the test next month, as part of Sats.

This year’s new Spelling and Grammar test has been pulled after the official exam paper was accidentally posted on the government website as a practice material for schools, back in January.

In a recent trial of the new exam paper, a teacher noticed that one of her pupils seemed to know the answers before being asked. It was then that the error became apparent.

Nick Gibb issued a statement: "To remove any uncertainty and clarify the situation for schools, I have decided that we will remove the requirement on them to administer the Key Stage 1 grammar, punctuation and spelling test for this year only."

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