Sats leak was down to ‘rogue marker’ says DfE

The Department for Education is seeking a “rogue marker” behind the online leaking of today’s key stage 2 grammar Sats test.

According to high level sources within the department, the marker was part of an “active campaign” to sabotage and undermine the tests to have them cancelled.

A source close to education secretary Nicky Morgan said: “While the test doesn’t appear to have leaked into the public domain and can go ahead, a rogue marker did attempt to leak the test’s contents.

“It is clear there is now an active campaign by those people opposed to our reforms to undermine these tests and our attempts to raise standards.”

The leak related to today’s spelling, punctuation and grammar test for year six pupils which will still go ahead.

The DfE source told TES that the person behind that leak is was one of a list of 90 markers with access to a Pearson secure site and there would now be a “full root and branch investigation”.

“We will speaking to each of the 90 people and when we find the person responsible they will be struck off,” they said. “We are looking into the criminality of the leaked test.”

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