Well if they do stick with this date then we truly do not live in a democratic society.
They were warned by several sources about "mock" testing last year and did nothing. To follow the same path after it became startlingly apparent that the bucks test was used as a mock for berks children and others, suggests that the authorities simply do not pay attention to their residents.
I take your point, but if Bucks does their test last, won't Berks get used as a mock for Bucks?
CEM does not provide identical tests for all these different authorities (or if it does, the purchaser is rather foolish not to be have stipulated that they don't want this to happen in the contract documentation) so they're not truly mocks --- just people trying out the feeling of being in an exam room, surely. Whatever date the Bucks test is, you could get used as a "mock" for children doing indie exams later in the year. I'm not sure that one can ever stop people who wish to do that doing that (hat's off to them on their parenting skills, I'd never get my child doing an unnecessary exam ) - presumably the current timing suits the whole exam machinery system and the primaries who give space for the exams and isn't worth changing for the "mock" reason?
I wonder why Kent isn't having similar issues - we're a bigger authority than Bucks with an opt-in system, approx 13,000 sitters and enough grammar places for everyone who passes?