Exam papers blunder lets down hard work of Highcliffe pupils

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, has today (24th July 2012) said he is pursuing the matter of missing exam papers from Highcliffe Primary School with the Department for Education.

Last week the school received a letter from the Standard’s and Testing Agency (STA), an executive agency of the Department for Education, explaining that they had been unable to locate the exam papers of thirteen pupils who had sat a new higher level maths exam.

Tom said:
“When children at Highcliffe have put in a lot of extra work to prepare themselves for the new exams, it is completely unacceptable for the STA to undermine their hard work by failing to keep tabs on the exam papers they are tasked with managing. It casts serious doubt over the competence of the STA as the body responsible for statutory school assessments.

“It also raises questions about the decision to disband the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) in March this year. Given that the STA has assumed the QCDA’s functions, I have submitted a Freedom of Information request to determine whether the government considered scaling down the QCDA instead of replacing it with an inexperienced body.

It is important that schools can have full confidence in the examination system and this latest blunder brings that into question.”

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