No teaching ban for head who altered SATs papers
A headteacher who was sacked for altering exam papers will be allowed to continue teaching, a conduct hearing has ruled.
Aleksander Grubisic was sacked as head of Little Bowden Primary School in 2011 after admitting to making changes to Key Stage two SATs papers.
An inquiry by The Teaching Agency has ruled Mr Grubisic, a teacher of 27 years’ experience, altered a total of 68 reading, spelling and maths papers in May 2011 before they were sent for external marking.
However, it ruled Mr Grubisic acted while under personal pressure.
And Alan Meyrick, of the Teaching Agency, said there should be no ban on him teaching in future.
The inquiry heard some teachers had been suspicious of high SATs marks achieved by the school in 2010 , with one reporting she had been told by Mr Grubisic to “just cheat”.
The inquiry heard one teacher had left the school in 2010 to avoid involvement in further SATs tests there.
However Mr Grubisic said the “just cheat” remark had been a joke and the inquiry concluded no papers had been altered in 2010.
He told the inquiry he had got “carried away” with the 2011 papers and regretted his actions.
Mr Meyrick concluded: “The panel has found unacceptable professional conduct.
“The deliberate alteration of scripts to give pupils apparent advantage and to enhance the results of the school is always wholly unacceptable and falls below the standard expected.”
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