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Ofqual calls for teachers to report suspicions of cheating

24/04/2017 Joanna

As this year's academic examination season approaches, exams regulator Ofqual is calling for those involved to make sure they stay vigilant for any signs of cheating.

Teachers, schools, parents and students are being reminded of the need to recognise the importance of reporting any evidence or suspicions of cheating, malpractice or wrongdoing, in order to ensure all students receive the GCSE, AS and A level results they deserve and that standards are fairly maintained.

In order to disseminate this message, the regulator is sending a series of posters to secondary schools and colleges across England, which will also be made available to download online. Additionally, the organisation is making efforts to improve its reporting processes to make them as simple and quick as possible

Employees of exam boards, schools, colleges or training centres are advised to raise any concerns with their employer as a first port of call. Any concerns that relate to the educational establishment itself will be investigated by the appropriate awarding organisation to investigate, while Ofqual will take responsibility for any issues pertaining to these awarding organisations.

The regulator was keen to emphasise the point that cheating can undermine the hard work done by students, teachers and schools, in order to encourage all of these groups to take a proactive approach to reporting any instances they encounter.

A spokesperson for Ofqual said: "If anyone has concerns about qualifications we regulate then we would urge them to contact the appropriate exam board or us straight away. All reports are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. If you see it or suspect it, report it."

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