The Metro is reporting that a head teacher of a struggling primary school where SATs papers were altered has been banned from the profession for life.
David Knight altered pupils’ exam scripts in May 2014 while head of Tatworth Primary School in Somerset…
Knight was the school’s headteacher from April 2002 until his retirement in August 2014 and only he had the key to the cupboard in which the papers were stored…
In May 2013, the school received an anonymous allegation from a parent who said Knight had been giving pupils the answers in Key Stage 2 test.
The matter was investigated by Somerset Local Authority but no evidence was found to support the allegation.
But the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) recalled the school’s scripts for the 2014 Key Stage 2 tests taken by pupils in May 2014.
A forensic review revealed that Knight had corrected the scripts for mental maths and spelling.
Knight accepted that amendments were made, but claimed he did not know how.
He suggested there was an opportunity for others to have changed the scripts before they reached his office…
Read or download the NCTL panel outcome in full:
Mr Knight might consider himself extremely unlucky to have been caught here but can we really trust a system that is so open to abuse?
Surely, for the sake of everyone involved – not least other staff members who may be under pressure to go along with cheating – better safeguards are needed?
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