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‘Any malpractice that takes place undermines the exam system’

Cheating is on the rise – and not just among pupils. Will Hazell meets Sir John Dunford, the heads’ union veteran leading the fight against exam malpractice, to discuss why he’ll be knocking on Facebook and Google’s doors, the threat of smartwatches and his least-favourite education secretaries

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As a former general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, Sir John Dunford is a well-established commentator on England’s education system. But his thoughts are about to acquire a new importance for teachers. Exam boards have appointed the long-standing Tes contributor as chair of a new commission on “exam malpractice” – otherwise known as cheating.

The recommendations the body makes will have consequences for every school, teacher and pupil in the land.

So why is a man with four decades of work in the education sector behind him disrupting his retirement once again to ...

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