My oldest twin yr 9 has always put a great deal of effort into his h/w and tests/assessments. If he knows he has work to do he will do a lot of research on the internet or go to the library and do further reading. (Lucky aren't I?). When there are tests he looks up past papers, what answers were given and then does papers himself. Last week the year had an English test on toast. The class had worked a lot on various extracts and possible questions. He read the book and we watched the dvd. On line he found copies of the various extracts and sample answers, which helped him to decide how he should answer himself. He has been very quiet and not himself this last week and lashed out badly at his brother. Apparently it turns out that he had discussed all of the work he had been doing with some of his friends and they have accused him of cheating. He has taken this very badly as he feels he was just putting in extra work. Is it cheating to research tests etc. in detail? I don't want to curb his enthusiasm or his work ethic, but if, as teachers, you feel what he has been doing in the past to be unacceptable I will encourage him to find a different way of working.