A head teacher has been found guilty of after altering pupils maths results during key Year 6 SAT exams.
Della Williams, left South Norwood Primary School, in May 2015. The 53 year old, from Bromley was later found to have altered the results of 47 questions on 22 exam papers on a ‘balance of probabilities’.
Ms Williams denied the allegations but declined to attend the publicly held hearing. It relates to the time between Monday May 13, 2013 to the following Friday.
According to the report Croydon Council carried out an unexpected visit during SATS examinations at the school, and found evidence exam papers had answers rubbed out, outside of test conditions, and after they had been collected from the pupils
It also meant the school had its entire year 6 mental arithmetic results annulled.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership, in its published report titled “Ms Della Williams: Professional conduct panel outcome” also found evidence that 22 out of the 45 papers had been amended outside of test conditions.
In total 47 answers had been changed. Ms Williams, who had been headteacher since 2006, was found to be the only person with access to the locked test papers.
In conclusion the report, published on April 10, read: “The panel is satisfied that the conduct of Ms Williams fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession.
“This is particularly the case in relation to allegations 2.b. and 2.c. regarding maladministration of the mental mathematics papers and the failure to ensure that a proper investigation took place in relation to this, which are serious allegations.
“The conduct jeopardised the integrity of the examination system and the consequential annulment of mathematics results for that year group had an adverse impact upon all of the pupils that had taken the test.
It added: “Accordingly, the panel is satisfied that Ms Williams is guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.
In coming to its findings the panel considered how the teaching profession is viewed by others and considered the influence that teachers may have on pupils, parents and others in the community.
The report continued: “The findings of misconduct are serious and the conduct displayed would likely have a negative impact on Ms Williams’ status as a teacher, potentially damaging the public perception.
“The panel therefore finds that Ms Williams’ actions constitute conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.
“In summary, having found the facts of the allegations proved, the panel further finds that Ms Williams’ conduct amounts to both unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.”
Ms Williams is now facing a ban.
The Croydon Guardian has been unable to contact the school, which is now The South Norwood Academy and was rated “good” by Ofsted in a 2012 inspection, for comment.
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