London headteacher caught serving to major pupils get proper solutions in SAT exams by whistleblower on movie

London headteacher caught helping primary pupils get right answers in SAT exams by whistleblower on film

An East London headteacher who nudged students towards the right answers on English tests has been found guilty of serious misconduct, dishonesty and a lack of integrity by a Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) panel this month. Malcolm Drakes was employed as the executive headteacher at Broadford Primary School, in Romford, when he “excessively assisted pupils” and indicated the correct answers to tests, the panel’s report has said.

On May 14, 2018, Drakes helped pupils with their English Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar tests by indicating that pupils’ answers were correct, or that they should reconsider answers which were incorrect. He also allowed other staff members to excessively help pupils.

A whistleblowing video sent to the Standards Testing Agency (STA) by a member of staff at Broadford Primary School during the assessment, which was administered by one teacher, with Drakes and two other teachers present for parts of the exam. After seeing the video, the STA annulled the school’s results from this exam.

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And on May 15 and 17, he helped students with a Maths 3 paper, as well as allowing other teachers to help pupils with the test. That year, the STA was forced to annul the English Reading and Maths Paper 3 results recorded by the school, due to “statistical anomalies”, the report states.

The report states this conduct lacks the integrity required to be a teacher. The panel also said Drakes’ conduct was dishonest, as he was trying to unfairly improve his pupils’ result. Drakes initially admitted all of the allegations against him, but denied he had acted dishonestly.

However, at the beginning of the hearing, on August 3, 2023, Drakes accepted he had acted dishonestly. During the hearing, the panel heard evidence from several witnesses, including the investigator into the claims against Drakes. After playing the whistleblowing video sent to the STA, the witness told the panel Drakes had accepted his conduct was not appropriate, the report says.

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