Another in the very occasional series of stories that sum up modern life.

More than half of teachers are worried about the rising problem of internet plagiarism amongst older and sixth form students.

The survey was commissioned by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), which is now calling on schools to introduce more robust policies to tackle plagiarism.

This is obviously sensible and schools should look to the measures taken by universities and HE colleges to tackle this particular problem.

Having read through this story and survey, however, I can’t help thinking it should be quite straight forward to clamp down on plagiarism in schools as the anecdotal evidence suggests the deception is not very sophisticated. 

The highlight (or lowpoint) of the story and which perfectly encapsulates the state we are in is the comment from an unnamed teacher in Leeds: “I had one piece of work so blatantly cut and pasted that it still contained adverts from the web page.”

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