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HEAD QUITS 'FOR HELPING PUPILS TO CHEAT'

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The headmistress of a school praised by Ofsted has resigned after being accused of helping three children to cheat ...
The headmistress of a school praised by Ofsted has resigned after being accused of helping three children to cheat in their national exams, reported The Mail on Sunday (p37).

Sylvia Ralph Bowman allegedly gave three 11-year-olds - two girls and a boy - the correct answers after spotting they had failed the standard assessment test in maths. They were then allowed to do the exam again after being sworn to secrecy.

Wiltshire education authority confirmed that concerns had been raised about the exam papers and that three had been withdrawn for 'maladministration' by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the government agency responsible for overseeing them. A spokewoman said: 'The head teacher has since resigned for personal reasons. There's a huge stress on teachers to get results. She has had an exemplary record.'

When education officers questioned Mrs Ralph Bowman about the incident, she immediately quit her post at Gomeldon Primary School, near Salisbury. The children have been left without any result for their Key Stage Two test in maths.

Mrs Ralph Bowman took over the school in 1996, winning praise from Ofsted inspectors for above national average exam results and for her excellent management of the school. An Ofsted inspection praised her for being a 'dedicated head teacher' who provided 'strong leadership' and had a 'clear vision' for the educational direction of the school.
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