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News - 3 October 2014

Ofqual warn of submitting essays bought online.

A report for Ofqual says that A-level students who submit essays bought online are not only cheating but may also be paying for a poor product.

The researchers say they contacted three companies 'incognito' and commissioned a series of history and English essays.

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“The brief was to produce A grade history essays, 2,000 words long and delivered within seven days.
The English essays were to be the same but only 1,250 words long. The cost was £120 to £220 for the history essays, and £70 to £138 for the English essays.”

The report says the essays were all delivered in time - but were not good enough with grades for the history essays ranged between B and E, and for the English essays, between the C/D grade boundary and U.

Tony Eynon, chief executive of All Answers which owns UK Essays, which is mentioned in the report, said the company was "extremely disheartened and disappointed by the wholly inaccurate and presumptuous report published by Ofqual".

The company says its work "is not designed to be handed in, and at UK Essays we actively discourage this behaviour".

The essays are designed to be used as "model answers" which make it easier for students with "language constraints" to understand and structure their work, it adds.

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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