Exam malpractice by school staff up by 48%

The TES is reporting that the number of cases of school staff giving ‘inappropriate assistance’ to students during exams has increased by 48%.

The number of penalties given to school and college staff for exam malpractice has climbed by 48 per cent this year, figures published by Ofqual today reveal. 

Teachers and invigilators, who carried out malpractice, were either given written warnings or were suspended from involvement in exams or assessment, a report from England’s exams watchdog reveals. 

More than half of the penalties (56 per cent) were issued after staff gave inappropriate assistance to candidates. This is an increase of 33 per cent on summer 2015 when there were 164 cases.

In total, there were 388 penalties issued to school and college staff this year, compared to 262 last year – a rise of 48 per cent. 

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Why do you think there has been such a significant rise in exam malpractice compared to the figures from last year? Should more be done to punish those who are found to be providing ‘inappropriate assistance’?  Let us know your thoughts and comments below or via Twitter. ~ Meena

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