Secondary teachers may want to reinforce the old adage that honesty is the best policy with their pupils, following a new study showing that exam is on the rise.
A new investigation by exam watchdog Ofqual has found that 4,400 pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were caught and reprimanded for cheating during GCSE and A-Level assessments in 2009.
Kathleen Tattersall, chair of Ofqual, said: "As regulator it is our role to ensure that fair systems are in place and that these are followed correctly.
"We require that awarding bodies report annually on [
] the number of malpractice incidents reported and investigated."
While the figure represents a six per cent rise on 2008 figures, the Ofqual report added that incidences of cheating are still rare overall, having affected 0.03 per cent of all exams taken in 2009.
Ofqual is the official regulator of examinations, assessments and qualifications in England.