Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, has commented on the award of a £109 million contract to Capita for the administration of primary school tests.

“The primary testing system is bad for children but good for contractors. Capita is set to make a vast profit at the expense of young primary children’s mental health and well-being. Furthermore, Capita’s record of providing services to government is riddled with errors and complaints – from NHS pensions, to disability assessments to army recruitment.  It is astonishing that the government has rewarded serial failure by awarding Capita a contract on this scale.”