Cheating teachers on the rise: Number of staff illicitly helping children pass exams trebles

Teaching unions have blamed the steep increase on the pressures and stress of a results-driven culture at schools.

 

Cheating teachers are on the rise as figures show the number illicitly helping children pass GCSE and A-level exams has trebled in the past two years.

 

Education experts and teaching unions have blamed the steep increase on the pressures and stress of a results-driven culture at schools. 

 

There were 388 penalties issued to school and college staff in 2016, up from 262 in 2015 and 119 in 2014, according to figures released on Tuesday by Ofqual, the qualifications regulator for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

Dr Mary Richardson, a senior lecturer in at the Institute for Education at University College London, said that given the “immense pressure” that teachers in state school are under, it is “actually surprising how little cheating goes on”.

 

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