Exam pressure 'undermining teacher's integrity'
Some teachers' professional integrity is being undermined by the pressure to get good exam results, a union says.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers says teachers have been forced to "manipulate results" and even "re-write students' work" to boost results.
A snapshot survey of ATL members found a third felt their integrity was being compromised by what was asked of them.
ATL head Dr Mary Bousted said results seemed to be more valued than learning.
The union carried out research with 512 of its teacher members working in state schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It said teachers felt under increasing pressure to get pupils through tests and exams.
About two-thirds of those surveyed were supplying pupils with more practice tests and running after-school classes or one-to-one classes.
A third said they had helped pupils prepare by attending meetings to find out "exam themes".
Read more ... (BBC News - 02 April)