College bans pupils from going to the toilet alone during exams to stop them cheating

The Telegraph is reporting that a college has told its pupils they will not be allowed to go to the toilet alone or closing the cubicle door during exams in a bid to stop them cheating with their smartphones…

Solihull Sixth Form College has ordered that teenagers sitting their mock exams later this month will be accompanied by invigilators.

Students will be forced to keep cubicle doors open to stop them using phones or tablets to get the answers to questions.

Principal Paul Ashdown said the “extreme” measures were brought in after a number of students were caught with mobile phones during exams last year.

In an email to families, Mr Ashdown said: “We have had students attempt to cheat using phones while on toilet breaks during an exam.

“This means that from now on, if a student does require a toilet break during an exam, they will be accompanied into the toilet area by an invigilator of the appropriate sex, and will not be allowed to close the door if they need to use an individual stall.

“Although this may seem a little extreme, it is the only way we can ensure a student does not use a mobile phone while in the toilet…”

But parents expressed outrage at the toilet ban, branding it “grotesque”.

David Rogers, 55, whose 16-year-old daughter attends the college, said: “I cannot believe a college is even allowed to ban students from closing the cubicle door…

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Comments

  1. 5N_Afzal

    Asking the doors to be left open is extreme and should not happen. Accompanying to the toilet area is perfectly reasonable and happens elsewhere during public exams.

  2. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove and the Popes are catholic! Which insane person can imagine differently? Did 40 yrs. No one wet themselves.

  3. getcarter66

    SchoolsImprove ‘Every1 has right to use toilet-Head isn’t saying no-I would not want to be accompany staff, sad society’s like this #edchat

  4. Janet2

    On the rare occasions when a pupil taking an exam needed the loo, s/he was always accompanied by same-sex staff member who waited outside the closed door.  Nothing new there.

    Mobile phones – all pupils taking exams should be required to hand in their switched-off mobiles or leave them in the bags deposited at the back of the exam room.  Any pupil found to keep a mobile to hand should be removed from the exam room and not allowed to continue (although, unfortunately, that’s unlikely to happen because exam targets have to be reached).

  5. FionaTipper

    SchoolsImprove is this new? I think we would have been accompanied by a teacher who chose the toilet we used and waited outside, in 1980s.

  6. KathPoulter

    SchoolsImprove Why aren’t smartphones collected up by invigilator at beginning of exam to be collected at end?!

  7. KathPoulter

    SchoolsImprove Why aren’t smartphones collected up by invigilator at beginning of exam to be collected at end?!

  8. jessica10510

    KathPoulter SchoolsImprove maybe they are and some students aren’t giving them in. A phone can be hidden in pocket/bra

  9. irvingphil

    SchoolsImprove phones are never allowed in exams and accompanying students is exam board requirement – odd for mocks though. Poor article.

  10. jessica10510

    KathPoulter SchoolsImprove its definitley a hard one, clearly watching students on the loo not ideal either!

  11. KathPoulter

    jessica10510 SchoolsImprove Yes, it is a difficult issue and no, watching students in loo definitely not ideal; but unsure what answer is

  12. robcampbe11

    SchoolsImprove Common practice to have invigilators accompany students to (but not in!) the toilets. They wait outside & escort back.

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