A KIRKLEES teacher who helped pupils cheat in maths and writing tests has been found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.
Christopher Wise has been demoted from being deputy head at Upperthong Junior and Infant School after a hearing before the General Teaching Council for England.
But he remains a teacher at the 190-pupil school in Burnlee Road.
The hearing in Birmingham was told that Mr Wise had provided help form Year 4 pupils during optional Statutory Assessment Tests (Sats) in May last year.
This made the tests invalid.
Headteacher Alex Beaumont and school improvement officer Stephen Thomas were both named as witnesses.
The committee found that Mr Wise, who had a previously unblemished record of 30 years in the teaching profession, had been found guilty of conduct which had fallen short of the standards expected of a registered teacher and behaviour which involved a breach of standards.
His actions had been deliberate and had happened on two occasions
Although the tribunal admitted that Mr Wise’s actions were not designed to give pupils an unfair advantage the school regarded optional Sats as an important tool in setting standards and raising concerns about children’s progress.
Because of Mr Wise’s conduct the school was unable to disclose test results to the parents of children affected. The tribunal was told this could have had a negative impact on the reputation of the school.
Committee chairman Judy Moorhouse said Mr Wise had expressed regret for his actions and given an undertaking that they would not be repeated.
He had been demoted, suffered a loss of salary and loss of status amongst his colleagues and the school community.
The school had continued to employ Mr Wise as a class teacher, which indicated that his continued employment as a teacher was not against the public interest.
In a statement Mr Beaumont said Mr Wise had been appointed deputy head in 1999.
The discrepancy in the results came to light following routine inspections by Mr Beaumont.
He investigated the case and passed the information to Kirklees Council, which then reported the matter to the GTC.
Mr Beaumont said the matter had at first been dealt with by a disciplinary committee of the school governors and Mr Wise had been demoted.