Teacher banned for life after helping pupils cheat on GCSE coursework

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…

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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.

Do you think the NCTL is justified in a ban such as this?

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Comments

  1. HarryVonHonks

    SchoolsImprove If they got rid of every teacher guilty of that there would be a lot of vacancies, especially at the top!

  2. 380granadina

    SchoolsImprove if there wasn’t such a blame/accountability culture in schools over results this would not have happened #tipoficeberg

  3. Nor_edu

    380granadina SchoolsImprove is this the beginning of it being taken more seriously though? Mny pple will be thinking “so and so does that”

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Welcome to the world of Performance Related Pay! Be prepared to see more of this as staff placed under increasing pressure

  5. Eastreadingcom

    SchoolsImprove Where do you draw the line ? Is this any different than a well educated parent helping there own child ?

  6. DawnParry

    SchoolsImprove can’t condone this but if exam results were pressure on pupils (as used to be) instead of staff, teachers wouldn’t do this.

  7. HowardScott75

    SchoolsImprove rondelle10_b Fairly sure this is more common than this highlighted incident. Question arising from this should be why?

  8. LJohnrose

    SchoolsImprove the best bit of this story is the way the teacher claims she was ill but was still well enough to try and drag others down.

  9. LJohnrose

    SchoolsImprove the best bit of this story is the way the teacher claims she was ill but was still well enough to try and drag others down.

  10. Nick5307

    SchoolsImprove as OFQUAL recently indicated this is much more widespread than this. Happening covertly in lots of schools.

  11. Nick5307

    SchoolsImprove as OFQUAL recently indicated this is much more widespread than this. Happening covertly in lots of schools.

  12. Nick5307

    SchoolsImprove as OFQUAL recently indicated this is much more widespread than this. Happening covertly in lots of schools.

  13. AlternativePOV

    SchoolsImprove operates like a low class ‘red top’ highlighting the inadequacy of schools. Why bother to do that? Are you govt sponsored?

  14. katiehall1979

    SchoolsImprove investigation needed into where the motivation for this comes from, pressure oft from senior teams and parents to gain marks

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