The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth!

26th July 2014 at 01:00

The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth!



A poster told us about lying in an application for a teaching post.


"I qualified as a Teacher seven years ago. For most of this period I have worked in brief supply roles. Anyway, only last week I was successful in being appointed for a permanent role at a lovely independent school! The thing is I have not been honest about the length of time I have worked at some of the schools on my CV. I have accurately reflected my qualifications in the application form.


The agency called me yesterday to say that the bursar at the school wants to see me next week to verify some of the details on my CV as the schools on my CV have come back and contradicted some of the false information on my CV.


Have I blown my chances of being appointed to my dream job? If so why does the bursar want to see me in person again? "


Lying on his/her application.  What can I say?


I can say what I always say on the JobSeekers Forum, in the blogs here, and whenever I have done TES seminars: your application must be honest and truthful.


You could lose your job.


If a school appoints you and subsequently discovers that you provided false information in an application or interview, you could be summarily dismissed.  That means without notice, without payment in lieu of notice.


Straight out the door.


And that’s not the worst thing that could happen to you.



You could go to jail – Fraud Act.


Read this


It is called something like gaining pecuniary advantage through deception.  The pecuniary advantage is your salary, and you only received it because you deceived them.


Read this leaflet about it.  I find it interesting that although this is not written specifically for teachers, the examples of people sentenced to prison are both teachers. 


Scary . . .


Deception in applications.


I am often asked on the JobSeekers Forum for advice about how to word a specific issue; I give my advice and add that the poster must only say this if it is a honest and truthful reflection of the situation.


So what happened to this poster?


The poster went on to say in a later post that he had not only lied about how long he was in different posts (claiming two whole academic years for a two-term post was one of them), he had also lied in the interview, saying that he had experience of preparing pupils for Common Entrance examinations, when he did not.




After the first query from the school about his CV, he then sent in an amended version which, and here I am quoting from memory and may be incorrect, which he says did not correct all the inaccurate information in the first version.


So he sent in not one but two false versions of his CV . . .


I understand that he subsequently decided not to attend the meeting with the bursar, but to withdraw from the post.  He was very lucky that he was not reported to the Police.


The moral of the story is . . .


A job application must be 100% accurate, honest and truthful!


Best wishes