Newspaper editor falls for April Fool’s prank: ‘I should have known – idea of transparency is just too far-fetched’

Schools Week editor Laura McInerney has said she should have known our April Fool’s day prank story was a dud – because the idea of transparency was “simply too far-fetched”.

A Schools Week story this morning revealing three new free schools had been named after leading politicians was an April Fool’s prank.

The joke article said David Cameron, Michael Gove and Nick Clegg were all to have new schools bearing their names.

However it slipped past Ms McInerney’s normal eagle-eyed scrutiny, as she was frantically live tweeting from the ATL conference in Liverpool.

“Frankly it was all too believable,” she said. “The idea we’d have any transparency about the names of new free schools should’ve have told me it was a dud. That’s simply too far-fetched.”

The story also got a lively response on Twitter.