Little Bowden Primary School head sacked for altering exam papers still allowed to teach
A head teacher who was sacked for altering exam papers will still be allowed to teach.
Aleksandar Grubisic was dismissed from his job at Little Bowden Primary School, near Market Harborough, in summer 2011 following an investigation into Sats exams taken by 11-year-olds in May that year.
The inquiry, by the Qualifications, Curriculum and Development Agency (QCDA), found he had altered 33 pupils' reading tests, 14 pupils' spelling tests and 21 pupils' maths tests.
A disciplinary panel from the Teaching Agency has now found that Mr Grubisic's actions constituted "unacceptable professional conduct".
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However, the panel said there were personal circumstances concerning the 52-year-old's home life, relating to his father, son and marriage, at the time of his actions which might have contributed.
The panel said taking that into account and Mr Grubisic's exemplary career of 27 years, it would not prevent him from teaching elsewhere again.
Alan Mayrick, of the Teaching Agency, said: "The deliberate alteration of scripts in order to give pupils apparent advantage and to enhance the results of the school is always wholly unacceptable and clearly falls below the standard expected of a teacher.
"The panel has also found dishonesty, in that Mr Grubisic admitted that he knew what he was doing was wrong.
"It is evident that he was under considerable personal pressures at the time and this was a sole incident of misconduct.
"Although harm was done, the panel has taken the view that no serious harm was done to pupils.
"A public decision of unacceptable professional misconduct, including dishonest behaviour, is itself very serious.
"A decision to impose a prohibition order or not calls for a careful balancing of proportionality and the public interest.
"On balance, and after very careful consideration, I have decided not to impose a prohibition order in this case."
The misconduct came to light after a "whistle-blowing complaint to the chairman of governors", who subsequently informed Leicestershire County Council.
The test results were later annulled by QCDA, whose analysis concluded a number of exam papers had been altered after the tests had been completed.
Colin Miller took over as head teacher at Little Bowden Primary School in September last year.
Speaking after the Teaching Agency's decision, Mr Miller would only confirm that Mr Grubisic would not be returning to the school.
An Ofsted inspection under acting head Hayley Brown in December 2011, prior to Mr Miller's appointment, rated the school as "good".
A spokeswoman for the county council confirmed it was aware of the panel's decision.