As MPs and peers call for an overhaul of laws surrounding whistleblowing, a former private school teacher explains why she took the difficult decision to speak out.
“We both lost our jobs, it was absolutely horrendous,” says Katherine. “I was completely clueless and didn’t even know I was a whistle-blower.”
She and her husband had taught at a boarding school in the south of England for more than two decades until they were forced out for exposing what she calls “systematic exam malpractice”.
Teachers had been completing assessed coursework for students, allowing them to continue working past exam time, and encouraging them to “tinker” with their papers until the marking date, she said.
“Morally I knew it was right,” she told the BBC.
“They’re a leading school and