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June 5, 2023

Fake GCSE and A-level exam papers sold on Instagram and TikTok

  • Social media scammers are selling students what they claim to be leaked GCSE and A-level exam papers.
  • These papers are likely to be fakes, with exam boards saying that it is extremely rare for genuine papers to be leaked.
  • These scams are becoming more common, with fraudsters charging their victims between £7.50 and £4,000 per paper.
  • One student reported that students are falling victim to this scam due to less support for pupils sitting exams in England.
  • Ofqual chief regulator Jo Saxton told students not to rely on “fraudsters on the internet” ahead of exams.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

WhatsApp launches new ‘security hub’

  • WhatsApp has launched a new Security Hub mini-site which provides an overview of the platform’s safety and security tools.
  • The tools mentioned include two-step verification and tips on avoiding fake version of the app, unwanted attention and how to spot scams and spam.
  • For more, please visit the Social Media Today website.

Schools’ funding for special needs teachers cut in half

  • Funding for dedicated staff for pupils with special education needs (SEN) in Northern Ireland (NI) has been reduced from £22m last year to £11m in 2023-24.
  • Each school in NI has to appoint a teacher as a special educational needs coordinator.
  • The specified cuts could mean more responsibility for the special needs coordinators in schools.
  • A recent major review commissioned by the Department of Education which looked into support for children with SEN in NI, identified a number of shortcomings into how children received support.
  • The review stated the system is “not perceived to be an efficient way of supporting children”.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.