From the forums
Do teachers really cheat?
Cheating. You do it. I do it. Tell me you've never filled in trackers or any of that teacher-assessment stuff dishonestly. The kids have been through a few years in school where the previous poor bloody mugs (teachers) have inflated their assessments year on year just to avoid looking like they're shit and to get senior management off their backs. So the kids get to 16 and they're bloody genius-level! D'you want to be hauled over the coals? Nah. So fill in a box and get on with your life.
I don't cheat and never have. Please don't imply that we all do.
I haven't done any of the above - ever.
The whining self-justifying bleating of "everybody does it" sounds particularly hollow when followed by a chorus of denial.
No, you corrupt imbecile. In 30 years of teaching I spent excessive hours of my time perfecting my practice so that I could teach kids to exceed their and the school's expectations of themselves. How dare you suggest that I have indulged in the falsification of data.
You can teach to a test without directly inflating anything. Students who have been drilled with past exam questions will generally do better than those who haven't. Then when they have been passed to the next person they've forgotten the exam prep and still don't know the subject as well as their grades suggest.
SMT in my school wanted teachers to provide such detailed guidance that the coursework essays were in no way the pupils' own work. Some teachers did as they were told. I didn't.
I have. It was institutional. When I joined the department it was well established. A-level students automatically referred to the coursework of past students, which was readily available to them.
I have seen teachers and TAs during Sats tests pointing a finger at a wrong calculation and shaking their head. Child then crosses out and tries again. Similarly beamingscowling at rightwrong answers.