The Sunday Times is reporting research from Ofqual suggesting teachers are helping students to cheat by writing their coursework, inflating essay marks and even giving them advice during tests…
The paper reveals that Ofqual appealed for teachers to give details of malpractice and unethical teachers and received responses from more than 500 whistleblowers.
The findings were revealed by Ofqual last week at an event on teacher ethics at Oxford University.
A fifth of cases reported involved cases of colleagues writing sections of coursework, dictating essays as they were being typed or providing examples for students to copy of high-quality coursework from previous years.
About 40% gave examples of staff letting a class repeat a “controlled assessment”.
Almost 15% said staff had given “pointers to questions” or “hints about the right solutions” while invigilating exams.
60% admitting to giving students “the benefit of the doubt” when marking GCSE work.
One teacher is quoted as telling Ofqual:
“Giving students too much support in their coursework is a massive issue… It ranges from providing them with specific examples of good work, letting them copy others’ work, allowing students to work together to plan work… [and] teachers standing over students telling them what to write…”
Clearly there is a huge issue here with why teachers are feeling the need to do this – the pressure they are under – but that surely can never be an excuse.
Is it not time for cheating in schools to be taken more seriously in all respects?
It is desperately unfair on students and teachers who stick to the rules yet currently seems too often just to be swept under the carpet (in contrast, for example, the the case recently in the US where a number of teachers have been sent to prison for cheating).
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