Whole class of children could fail their GCSEs after teacher forgot to set coursework and then invented grades to cover her mistake
By Leon Watson
Published: 18:13 GMT, 13 April 2012 | Updated: 18:36 GMT, 13 April 2012
More than 30 children face failing their GCSEs after a teacher failed to set their coursework and then fabricated their grades to cover her mistake, it emerged today.
The female teacher, from Peele Community College, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, failed to set the correct amount of English Literature and English Language coursework for her year 11 pupils.
She then altered their grades to make it look as though the children had completed the assessments.
(File picture) The mistake happened at Peele Community College, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, where pupils now have to get their coursework completed in time
Now the pupils face a race against time to get the extra work completed and the school has had to draft in specialist consultants to help rectify the problem.
Shockingly, the teacher has gone on to work at another school and parents have been left outraged that she is still allowed to teach.
One parent said: 'I don't think this teacher should be allowed to teach ever again. She just seems to have run away and left our children in the lurch.'
The disaster came to light following the resignation of the teacher when her work was handed to her replacement.
It became clear parts of the work the students were supposed to have completed was missing but the grades had been recorded.
Parents were eventually informed of the situation in a letter sent out by headteacher Ian Charles on March 22.
The head of Peele Community College in Lincolnshire said the mix-up only came to light after the teacher left
He said: 'We now believe they [pupils] may not have been asked to do the work.
'We have the student's assessment trackers but the work just wasn't there and we believe the marks were entered on the documents without the students being asked to do the work.'
The pupils, of the specialist science college which has a population of 650, have now been given an extension to submit controlled assessments and will be given extra support along with intensive teaching.
In the letter Mr Charles said: 'The college has been mislead into thinking that students had all the necessary controlled assessments, completed, accurately marked and moderated ready for submission to the exam board.
'Sadly this is not the case and submission of students' current available work would result in significant underperformance and possible failure of both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.'
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