Scottish Daily Mail

Struck off, the teacher who faked pupils’ coursework


A BIOLOGY teacher has been struck off after using Tipp-Ex to recycle year-old coursework.

David McCallum, who taught at Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart, Wigtownshi­re, took work from another teacher’s class and inserted the names of his own students.

A hearing of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) was told the discrepanc­y was uncovered after worried youngsters told another teacher they still had work to complete to be able to sit their exam.

Biology teacher Kirsty Armstrong said: ‘It was a bad state of affairs. There were only a couple of weeks before the students went off on study leave. They were cramming.’

It emerged during the hearing that at a school disciplina­ry hearing McCallum claimed he had lost the coursework and did not want his students to lose out.

He admitted presenting work undertaken by a Higher biology class of 2011-2012 as the work of the 2012-2013 class by changing the names of the pupils on the documentat­ion.

He also admitted persuading his pupils to sign off the earlier work, which he had changed without their knowledge or any explanatio­n of the documentat­ion they were signing.

McCallum was not at the GTCS hearing but in a statement from his lawyer he insisted he did not make false statements.

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