An academy chain “covered up” wholesale cheating by a school which paid professionals to “point at the answers” during SATs exams, a teacher claimed today. The Morning Star reports.
The sensational allegation emerged as the National Education Union raised the alarm over the “falsification of data” being used to inflate grades.
Bob Groome, an NEU rep in Norfolk, told delegates: “We’ve had … instances where schools hired in extra support for pupils during Sats examinations, in order to enhance the pass rate.
“In other words they’re sitting next to the child and they’re pointing at the answers. In one particular case, someone whistle-blew, and the trust was able to cover up the issue by removing the head.”
Mr Groome went on to say that “through influence with the regional schools commissioner” (RSC) for the area, Tim Coulson, the academy trust was “able to brush everything under the carpet.”
Mr Groome told the Star that there were cases of teachers being struck off “again and again” over assisting pupils with exams and coursework.
“What I’m asking the union to do is to research to find out if this is rife across the country, or just specific to Norfolk,” he said.
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