Friday, January 6, 2012

£100 to play truant! Schools accused of bribing worst pupils to stay away when Ofsted inspectors call

Disruptive pupils are being bribed up to £100 each to stay away from lessons during Ofsted inspections, it has been claimed.

Despite having good attendance records, poorly behaved students are being paid to truant to prevent their schools getting bad ratings.

Such underhand tactics are being increasingly used to trick inspectors, according to teachers.

Other methods include headteachers ‘borrowing’ outstanding staff from neighbouring schools to take lessons while telling their own weak teachers to go off sick. Some also take brilliant artwork on loan from other schools to impress inspectors.

The stunts have been revealed in evidence collected by the Times Educational Supplement. Read More