Government warns parents not to tweet answers to SATs exams because some

first_imgA spokesman said: “It is part of routine business. We have done posts on Facebook and Twitter, so they are there for people to see.  The Government has warned parents not to tweet about SATs exams because the tests are staggered over two weeks.The Department for Education has tweeted parents and teachers who have complained about aspects of the test to warn them not to spoil the questions as some children may be taking the test later than others. Though the tests are officially scheduled for this week, children who are ill on the day of a SATs exam can take the test up to five school days later.Schools can organise this themselves for pupils on a case-by-case basis. The Department for Education’s Twitter account, @educationgovuk, has been replying to tweets since Monday asking users to remove tweets which include details about questions. A post on its Facebook account read: “Please help us ensure the smooth administration of the tests by ensuring that test content is not discussed online and that all test materials remain secure until 22 May to allow children who are absent this week to take the tests next week using timetable variations.” “It’s just a polite reminder not to share those questions. “Where the team has been asked about it or it has popped up in a feed, they have occasionally reminded someone directly.”He added that the team was not “tracking people down” who were tweeting about the questions by searching for them on Twitter.Several parents continued to discuss English and Maths questions on the social media platform on Thursday afternoon. The exams are currently taken by children in Year 2 and Year 6. The Government is consulting on plans to axe the tests for seven-year-olds after this year.  One of the tweets, sent to Twitter user Matt Thrower, who complained about a maths question, said: “Hi, can you please remove the tweet referring to SATs? We’re trying to maintain the confidentiality & integrity of ongoing tests.”Mr Thrower had not tweeted the department directly, but had used the hashtag #SATS2017. center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. @MrOCTeach @_MissieBee Hi, can you please remove any tweets referring to SATs?We’re trying to maintain the confidentiality & integrity of ongoing tests.— DfE (@educationgovuk) May 10, 2017last_img

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