Eleanor Busby

Fake news about schools is ‘spreading like wildfire’

Heads are being left to pick up the pieces after parents and pupils believe prank stories on social media

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Fake news stories about schools – including serious allegations against teachers – have been “spreading like wildfire” across social media, TES has learned.

Over recent weeks, controversy has grown over the fake news stories that are widely believed to have played a major role in delivering Donald Trump his shock victory in the US presidential election. Now, headteachers are warning that schools in this country are also being caught up in a trend for sham news articles that is having a damaging effect on school staff, parents and pupils.

They say that the problem of fake stories aimed at ...

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