Former Swaffham school teacher banned after 'fabricated' work admission
A teacher has been banned from the classroom for at least five years after she admitted “fabricating” several pupils’ work.
Lucinda Jones also submitted grades to an exam board without having students’ work to support them while working at the Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham.
And a newly published report by the Teaching Regulation Agency said her actions were “deliberate, calculated and self-serving”.
Mrs Jones, who was the academy’s head of vocational education prior to her resignation in 2019, primarily taught Health and Social Care to GCSE and A-level students.
The report, published this week, said the case came to light in July 2019 when the school’s IT manager noticed assignments submitted to the OCR exam board were being amended and resaved by Mrs Jones at times when pupils were not there.
Both the school and the board’s malpractice committee launched investigations and Mrs Jones left the school at the end of August 2019.
At least five students were affected by the changes and were not aware their work had been altered, the report said.
It went on: “When interviewed as part of the investigation Pupil A stated that “it is not mine, the last two bits are not mine.”
“Pupil B also stated that “half of this I have not added” and Pupil C commented that she was upset to see that there were significant changes to some of her assignments.”
Mrs Jones admitted that and five other allegations, including:
Submitting grades without the evidence of the pupil’s work available;
Providing assistance to the candidates beyond the permitted regulations;
Failed to retain candidates’ work securely.
She also admitted her conduct lacked integrity and/or was dishonest and fell short of the standards expected of the profession.
In a supporting statement submitted to the panel, she said: “I made the stupid decision to complete some work for them.
“I am deeply sorry that my actions have caused such concern and issues for the students and the school.”
The prohibition order against Mrs Jones is indefinite and prevents her from teaching in any school, college, youth accommodation or children’s home in England.
She cannot apply to have the order set aside until April 2027 and there is no automatic right to have it lifted.