The Mirror is reporting that a primary school’s Sats results for an entire year have been declared null and void after a teacher encouraged his pupils to cheat…
Ian Guffick, 31, asked students at Mitton Manor Primary School, Tewkesbury, Glouctestershire, to change their answers while they sat the tests.
A local authority investigator was made aware of possible exam maladministration at the school on 27 June 2014, the National College for Teaching and Leadership heard.
Following an investigation it emerged Guffick had encouraged pupils to change their answers outside test conditions.
He even amended some of the exam scripts himself.
As a result the school’s Key Stage 2 results for 2014 were invalidated and Guffick was sacked.
In a letter to the panel Guffick claimed he had been asking pupils to make their answers more legible…
Guffick may reapply for teaching status in 2017…
It is interesting that a primary school teacher gets sacked and banned for this but secondary school teachers guilty of malpractice in formal exams seem to face much lower sanctions. It would also be interesting to know what kind of pressure Mr Guffick was under (although in my opinion – and apparently that of the NCTL panel – that can never be an excuse).
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