The Liverpool Echo is reporting that a Merseyside history teacher who encouraged pupils to cheat in their GCSE coursework has been banned from the classroom…
Helen Wood, 47, gave out crib sheets with answers in bold font and even handwrote large parts of one boy’s essay for him before telling him to type it up.
The Haydock High School teacher was this week told she would never be allowed in a classroom again.
Banning Wood from the profession for life, Paul Heathcote, from the Department for Education, said: “Her actions amounted to an abuse of trust and Ms Wood had been found to be dishonest.
“Her behaviour, which was deliberate, undermined pupils, the profession and the school.”
…In her defence, Wood said she was suffering from ill health and claimed other teachers at the school also “manipulated” pupils’ results – but an investigation by exam board AQA found “no evidence of malpractice” by other members of staff…
It often seems to me that cheating can sometimes be treated without enough seriousness – not least by the ridiculously inadequate sanctions detailed for teachers caught cheating in exams – but that is definitely not the case here.
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