logo-education
0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

fake exam certificate website shut down – a drop in the ocean?

27 September 2017
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have announced that they successfully obtained an injunction shutting down the website 'replacement-certificates.co.uk' which was offering counterfeit exam certificates for sale.

In spite of this success, there is no shortage in availability of counterfeit certification across the internet - and a search will still churn up numerous sites claiming to offer legitimate certificates. Although individuals may purchase these in good faith to replace a lost or damaged copy, there is a large scope for abuse by individuals wishing to undertake fraudulent activity.

Although further anti-counterfeit moves may be expected from examination boards and FE/HE institutions, fundamentally relying on paper based certification leaves many organisations vulnerable to fraudsters. As the technology available to counterfeiters increases in sophistication, awarding bodies need to endeavour more than ever to stay ahead of counterfeiters to protect the integrity of the qualifications they award.

related opinions

Second prosecution of its kind following Ofsted investigation for running an illegal school

A Head Teacher and her father were convicted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for running an unregistered private school in Streatham.

View blog

School uniform under media spotlight

The new academic year has started with controversy over school uniform. Last week, a government inquiry heard evidence that costs for parents are being exacerbated by compulsory branded uniform, including clothing with school logos, and operating contractual arrangements for the supply of these items with single retailers.

View blog

RSE guidance issued - but do teachers feel ready?

In our previous blog we updated you on the new requirements to teach relationships, health and sex education (elements of which are phase specific) which will become mandatory in September 2020.

View blog

Mental health - a priority for schools

A plan to be unveiled will ensure that all new teachers in England will be trained to spot early warning signs of mental illness

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up