Teacher and headmaster husband banned for helping pupils cheat in exams

The Mirror is reporting that a teacher and her headmaster husband have been banned from the classroom for life after helping children cheat in exams.

Beverley Reynolds, 60, gave pupils answers to reading and maths SATs and told staff to hamper inspectors at Woodgate Primary in Bartley Green, Birmingham.

She and husband Robin, 61, also bullied three assistants, who complained.

The couple, of Halesowen, West Mids, were earlier found guilty of misconduct by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Paul Heathcote, acting on behalf of Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, said they would both be banned from teaching indefinitely. 

Both were given 28 days in which to appeal against the decision at the High Court

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Read the NCTL reports at:

Teacher misconduct panel outcome: Mrs Beverley Reynolds

Teacher misconduct panel outcome: Mr Robin Reynolds

 

We covered the background to the case when it was reported a couple of weeks ago and, as I suggested then, I am completely baffled why something like this isn’t deemed an issue of interest to the police. 

It is hard to imagine a more blatant case of cheating, covering up and then bullying staff into keeping quiet about what has happened.

These actions have serious potential consequences for the children, the staff and the perpetrators themselves – so why is none of it seen as a crime and instead just treated as professional misconduct?

Surely, if we are going to stop cheating in schools – and the intimidation of staff to go along with it – we need to start treating it more seriously?

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