Employment and Immigration Law Update - Alleged cheating in English language tests


25 June 2019

This article reflects on the outcome of a review completed by the National Audit Office in to the Home Office's handling of allegation of cheating in English language tests.

In our last newsletter we referred to a review being completed by the National Audit Office (NAO) of the Home Office’s handling of allegations of cheating in English language tests. The NAO reviewed the evidence and found widespread cheating did take place but some people may have been wrongly accused and in some cases, unfairly removed from the UK. Sir Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, has been critical of the Home Office. He said “When the Home Office acted vigorously to exclude individuals and shut down colleges involved in the English language test cheating scandal, we think they should have taken an equally vigorous approach to protecting those who did not cheat but who were still caught up in the process, however small a proportion they might be. This did not happen.”

This article is from the June 2019 issue of Employment and Immigration Law Update, our monthly newsletter on employment legislation and regulation. To download the latest issue, please visit the newsletter section of our website. Law covered as at June 2019.

For further information please contact Clare Hedges or Janice Leggett in our Immigration Team.