Primary school takes “robust action” after SATS papers were annulled following “unacceptable” act

The Cornish Guardian is reporting that pupils a local primary have had some of their exam scores annulled after an “unacceptable” act of maladministration…

Stoke Climsland Primary School said it has taken “robust action” after dozens of exam papers were declared invalid following an investigation into last year’s Key Stage 2 examinations.

The Standards Testing Agency (STA) –which is part of the Department for Education and sets the tests to assess children in education from early years to the end of Key Stage 2 – made the move after doubts were cast over the validity of a series of SATs papers taken by 11-year-olds in May last year.

The school has refused to comment directly on what happened, but did confirm governors have now taken “robust action” following the results of the investigation.

A spokesman for the STA told the Cornish Guardian that any instances of maladministration of the tests were “completely unacceptable”.

Following a probe by the body, the decision was made to cancel all children’s tests in grammar, punctuation, spelling and mathematics – the results for the reading and writing papers were not affected…

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Presumably what happened here will be made public or do only those in privileged positions deserve to know such things?


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  1. It’s up to schools to let parents know, apparently.  ‘It is the school’s responsibility to report any amendments to, or annulments of, pupils’ results to parents’, says the Agency.

    This isn’t acceptable.  It might be expected, of course, that a school where malpractice has been alleged would publicise a favourable outcome.  But schools where malpractice was discovered could keep quiet (whistleblowers kept silent by concerns about their jobs).

    It is now several months since the Education Funding Agency referred allegations of exam malpractice at Cuckoo Hall Primary Academy, Enfield, but nothing’s been published.  How long are these investigations expected to take?

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