Eleanor Busby

How ‘fake news’ is causing problems for schools

The spread of false tales on ‘prank’ websites has been creating a headache for headteachers

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

Over recent weeks, controversy has grown over the trend for fake reports, some of which 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 are also being given the sham news treatment, which is thought to be having negative effects on staff, parents and pupils.

They say that fake stories about their schools, created ...

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