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Primary school apologises for giving children too much help with SATS

A primary school has apologised for giving its pupils too much help after Government testers disqualified teachers - for cheating.

Investigators at the Standards and Testing Agency have snubbed 34 papers after they found children taking their SATs were "over-aided" with some questions being answered identically.

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Susan Papas, executive head teacher of Heavers Farm Primary School in Croydon, south east London, apologised to parents of the ten and 11-year-olds.

It was wrong and should never have happened.

This has been such a horrendous experience but we have learnt from it and we will do things differently. I can say with confidence we will never put anyone in that situation again.

– Susan Papas

The Department of Education said pupils' grades would be calculated from class work rather than making them resit the exams.

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Secondary school places to be allocated today

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Thousands of future secondary school pupils across London today will find out whether they have been allocated a place at the state school of their choice.

Many Local Education Authorities will begin sending out letters to parents today in what's become known as 'National Offer Day'.

Controversial preacher to address students

A controversial preacher who described homosexuality as a "scourge" has been invited to speak at the University of Westminster's Islamic Society event today. A petition was created by the student union lesbian and gay society to have the event cancelled with it just the day before the National Student Pride Festival.

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