If a child is caught cheating, and you believe the child has gained an advantage as a result, then the headteacher must notify the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) of the incident using the notification of a child cheating form. This form is available on the 'Access arrangements' section of the NCA tools website.

By completing the form, the headteacher agrees to either:

  • the removal of marks for the specific questions where the child has gained an advantage; or
  • the annulment of the child’s paper.

A child must have a result for each component of a test to receive an overall test result. If one or more papers are annulled the child will not receive an overall test result.

You will be asked to provide the following information when completing the form:

  • the child’s name;
  • the name of the test; and
  • whether you wish to annul the test paper or to remove marks from specific questions. If you choose to request the removal of marks you will also need to give the specific question numbers in which the child was advantaged by cheating.

The child’s test script(s) must be collated with the other children’s test scripts. Information about the incident should not be included with the test scripts.

STA does not need to be notified if a child has attempted to cheat but did not gain an advantage during a key stage 2 test. Instead you should follow your school's behaviour policy in dealing with such incidents.