Education white paper spells costly mistake

A spelling error in last month’s education white paper meant it had to be reprinted the day before publication at a cost of ‘just under £23,000’.

Education minister Lord Adonis, who made the admission in a written reply, blamed “minor drafting errors”.

A slogan was mistakenly spelt ‘Higer Standards, Better Schools for All’.

Liberal Democrat spokesman Baroness Walmsley said this raised questions about the standard of literacy among some Whitehall officials.

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