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teacher banned for life after lying about pupils' marks

Discussion in 'Education news' started by tonymars, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. tonymars

    tonymars Established commenter

    kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/david-fitzgerald-banned-from-teaching-135070

    Food for thought here.

    Some might say that this is a transparently cosmetic gesture intended to give the erroneous impression that work on cleaning the stables has begun.

    Isn't one teacher being scapegoated here?

    Even I am aware of many schools or MATS which have been found guilty of lying and cheating. Even I am aware of at least two super heads who were being investigated for cheating /falsifying 'results' but who have mysteriously disappeared from the media.
     
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  2. JaquesJaquesLiverot

    JaquesJaquesLiverot Established commenter

    This links in to the age-old debate about the purpose of the justice system. Is he being rehabilitated? Is he being punished? Is it a deterrent?

    My guess would be that it's supposed to be a deterrent. Although it's only one teacher, I suspect that it's supposed to give the message that "it could be you!"
     
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  3. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Lead commenter

    I don't understand why he had to submit inaccurate marks if he also helped the students cheat and falsified the work... his first attempt at cheating wasn't good enough?!
     
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  4. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Lol. Yes of course.

    This went on in schools across the land. Regularly.

    A large number of teachers are sitting on stories and info that would probably end careers. I know I am!
     
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  5. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    one of my previous colleagues was recently banned. He was doing the same as everyone else, and in his case, significantly less so. The axe seems to fall totally at random
     
  6. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    I actually feel sorry for this bloke.

    The pressures in teaching are such that many do this to protect their jobs.
     
  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    We all have stories of cheating to tell I'm sure.

    I have one that sounds ridiculous but is absolutely true.
     
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  8. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    Our local high has, for the second year running, boasted on Twitter about how many of its A level pupils have got into Russell Group universities. They publish the destination of every pupil leaving the sixth form so it's easy to check. Even if you remove pupils who didn't go to university at all, their figures are wildly exaggerated. This year they quoted 'nearly fifty percent' when the true figure was 34%. I am astonished at their brazen dishonesty, but not sure how to complain as I no longer have a connection to the school. What is clear is that it's well worth having a go as you can make yourself look better and everyone colludes. Presumably there is someone on the governing body who can count!
     
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  9. drek

    drek Lead commenter

    Well OFSTEd cheat for starters. Their advice and the advice of CEOs of large chains to heads of schools that have large numbers of EAL and or low ability and or students who have to cope with terrible socio economic issues is to sack random teachers pretending to use the performance management system .....conveniently devised by themselves.

    Above board?...........only in weird countries where people caught not smiling or crying with the right intensity on camera....are jailed for it!
     
  10. wow
     
  11. wow
     
  12. sophrysyne

    sophrysyne New commenter

    It's not cheating if you don't get caught. Given the holy grail of 'results' is anyone really surprised that it's ubiquitous? A local school with some of the best national SATS results invariably had invigilators drifting slowly past each student, a finger absentmindedly resting momentarily on the correct answer.
     
  13. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    my local school "allowed" internet access on mobile phones during GCSE exams last year ....."allowed" as in pretended not to notice. I'm amazed the whole structure didn't come crashing down about their ears, the kids were so vocal about it, but nothing happened at ll. Sooner or later someone will report something at that school, and the whole problem will be resolved with the sacking of some poor innocent.
     
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  14. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I really don't believe that happened.
     
  15. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    whatever. I wasn't in the main hall, I was in the SEN rooms, where cheating was rife. However, have heard accounts from many students and several invigilators of what was happening in the main hall.
     
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  16. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Then the invigilators failed in their duty to report what was going on.
     
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  17. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    ....and incidentally so did you. You saw evidence of cheating and said nothing - you're equally as guilty.
     
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  18. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    If you've worked in a secondary school in the UK and have not seen cheating, you've done very well. It happened on a huge scale with coursework.
     
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  19. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Tell me about it - although (hand on heart) I've never been in a department where anyone deliberately cheated.
     

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