Teachers accused of cheating

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The Independent Online
The Government yesterday ordered an investigation into claims of widespread cheating in National Curriculum tests.

Curriculum advisers were at pains to play down the allegations that teachers broke regulations by opening sealed copies of tests for 11-year-olds. A spokesman for the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority said there was "very little" hard evidence of cheating. But she confirmed that SCAA was already considering changing the distribution of test papers, to dispel any suspicion of cheating. Kate Watson-Smyth