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The Head Teacher at one of London's top-performing academies

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is under investigation, suspected of fixing exam results.

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Mark Keary, at the Green Spring Academy in east London has been

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suspended along with senior members of staff.

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This programme understands that the allegations relate to GCSE

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Here's our Education Correspondent, Marc Ashdown.

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Or do they? schools in the country.

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BBC London understands a widespread investigation has been under way

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for some time into allegations some examinations, this year and last

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On a salary of around ?220,000 a year, he is the third

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We were tipped off about this last night and this morning the trust

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which runs this academy confirmed a number of members of staff,

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including Mark Keary, have been suspended.

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They say it follows an investigation into alleged

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misconduct into examinations, which found some irregularities.

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It's caused obvious concern for parents.

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I am worried, specifically because I've got my kids

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I think it's going to affect a lot of families, a lot of concerns.

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Really I am disappointed about it because my children go

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With these kind of things you can't trust the education

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The Department for Education told us there is no place

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for cheating in our schools, and while exam mal-practice

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is extremely rare, it is right any allegations

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"Following an investigation, exam mal-practice has been identified,

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resulting in disciplinary action being taken."

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But some say a ruthless results-based system has created

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We are aware that there seem to be a growing number of cases

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where either teachers or schools are accused or found guilty

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And we can't condone that but we think it's a sign

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of the pressure that schools are under.

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So that means that if you get a year group with some children

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who find it harder to learn, they might have special needs,

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it doesn't take many of those children to completely

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And on the basis of those results, school leaders and teachers can

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Green Spring used to be Bethnal Green Academy.

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In 2015 three teenage pupils fled to Syria to join

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Mark Keary was praised for his handling of the incident.

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The school retained its outstanding Ofsted rating.

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But now it is under the spotlight again, over what the Trust admits

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are serious allegations of possible exam fixing.

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Well Tolu Adayoyay has more on the story.

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Could the exam results of students caught up in this be affected?

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This is very different from when an individual student has been found to

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cheat that. Can be treated more easily. In this situation, it could

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be institutional mal-practice which is much more systemic. It is

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unlikely there would be retrospective action. There could be

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more regulation at the school. The school could be prevented from

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holding exams altogether. But now the regional Commissioner is working

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with academy trusts, to make the investigation is under way.

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There's a demand for quick action to be taken to improve safety

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for cyclists in London, after three deaths were recorded

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Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, agrees something has to be done,

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saying millions of pounds will be invested to do exactly that.

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Here's our Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards.

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In Silverstown there are flowers by the side of the road, close

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The words say, "A great father and husband, sadly missed."

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Ben Wells was one of three cyclists who died over four days.

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Carla Morgan and Anita Szucs also died in collisions with vehicles.

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Again it has raised questions about if enough is being done

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In two of these deaths there are similarities,

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both involved large vehicles, a coach and an HGV.

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HGVs, in particular, have blind spots, where

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One eye witness has told me that what happened here was -

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the cyclist came off his bike when he slipped in the mud.

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Last year nine cyclists died in London.

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Millions have gone into safer segregated

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Campaigners say the mayor must now speed up plans for safer

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lorries with better vision and more bike lanes.

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We really need the delivery to be accelerated.

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We need things to move off and that's what's important in order

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The mayor has a scheme where only lorries with better vision will be

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allowed on London's roads, but it won't start until 2020.

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He says he will also invest ?770 million in cycling and that

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Is it safe on the road if you are a cyclist?

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If you have been the victim of an accident, if you are a bereaved

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family member or friend, clearly it isn't.

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The reality is you have to make it far, far easier

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The good news is the number of people who cycle is going up.

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The good news is that there is an appetite for people

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who aren't cyclists, to start cycling.

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We have to make it as safe and easy as possible.

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Really cold, chilly and grim this afternoon. Yes, more of the same to

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come really, yes, over the next 24 hours. The weather a bit dull as

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dish water at the moment. A lot of cloud around A few flurries of snow

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but not doing very much. This was a weather watcher scene from Bentley

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in North East Hampshire. On the pressure chart, a little area of low

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pressure to the north-east of France but it is getting swished by the

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massive area of high pressure across sand navia which is why the front

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isn't very active. Sure there will be some more flurries to come but

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for most it won't settle. Perhaps a dusting over the downs, as best as I

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can offer you. It will be cold with a risk of icy patches for tomorrow

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morning. And tomorrow you can read this headline as - more of the same.

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Yes, a cloudy start, some snow showers to start the day but a trend

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for those snow showers to turn to rain as the day goes by. The

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exception to that rule probably over the hills where

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exception to that rule probably over the hills where again there could be

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a bit of snow, but not accumulating. Another cold

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