SAT Paper go Missing or Marked Incorrectly

There were reports of pupils’ papers going missing and others being marked incorrectly.


The government says missing papers are being investigated and that results have been processed for 99% of pupils.


Capita, which is running the marking, said fewer than 3,800 scripts are currently flagged as missing.


The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has called for the government to make clear how many pupils have been affected by the problems.


NAHT general secretary Russell Hobby said: “This is a fiasco. The lives of children and teachers have been turned upside down by this shambles.”


He added that schools could not plan for the next academic year until they knew how many pupils had achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths.


“The government now needs to come clean about how many children have missed out,” he said.


In a statement, the Department for Education (DfE) said: “We are aware of the issues raised by the NAHT, and we are taking them very seriously.”


It added that the process for dealing with missing papers was “well established” and that it would work with Capita to ensure all scripts were accounted for.


A spokesperson for Capita said: “Fewer than 3,800 scripts from this year’s primary school assessments – around 0.16% of the total – remain unaccounted for.


“This is well within our expectations and similar to previous years.”


They added that the company had “robust processes” to deal with missing papers and that all affected schools would be contacted.


The Sats are taken by pupils in England at the end of primary school and are used to measure how well they have mastered the core subjects of reading, writing and mathematics.


This year’s results showed that 2017 was the first year that more than half of pupils had met the expected standard in all three subjects.


But there were concerns that many pupils who just missed out on getting a good pass mark could be left without a place at their preferred secondary school.


The Headteacher at Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School in Birmingham informed BBC that 14 out of 59 of his Year 6 Pupils were missing results.


The NAHT has said the problems with this year’s results could compound those concerns.


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