More details about investigation after test results annulled at school near Kettering

The school's KS2 test results have been annulled
The school's KS2 test results have been annulled

Further details have been released following an investigation into allegations relating to test results at a primary school.

The Northants Telegraph revealed on Saturday that Northamptonshire County Council had been working with the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) to investigate allegations relating to Key Stage 2 (KS2) results at Isham Primary School.

A statement issued by the school’s governing body confirmed that the STA has investigated an allegation of maladministration of KS2 Sats, which has led to the school’s test results being annulled.

Further information has now been released by the STA, an executive agency of the Department for Education which sets the tests to assess children in education from early years to the end of Key Stage 2.

A spokesman for the STA said: “Any instances of maladministration of KS2 tests are completely unacceptable.

“Following an investigation into the administration of the 2016 Key Stage 2 tests at Isham Church of England Primary School in Kettering, all results have been annulled.”

The STA has also issued the following information about what happens when results have been annulled.

It said the annulment of the school’s KS2 tests meant that pupils will not receive an overall attainment score for all subjects, but their pupil progress will instead be based on teacher assessments.

All allegations of school maladministration of the tests are investigated according to the STA’s published test maladministration investigation procedures.

The STA’s remit when investigating allegations of test maladministration is to determine whether there is doubt over the accuracy or correctness of children’s results and/or outcomes for the national curriculum assessment (NCA) tests.

And the STA does not apportion blame for test maladministration or take part in any staff disciplinary procedures relating to maladministration, it said such matters are for the school’s governing body in the first instance.

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The primary school was rated as outstanding in its most recent Ofsted inspection, which was carried out in March 2015.