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'Fighting to Clear My Name' Campaign

9 November 2011

The ISTD has been made aware of a 'Clear My Name' campaign currently being conducted by Amanda Brugnoli-Lines, the teacher who pleaded guilty and was convicted of forging dance certificates in 2010.

The ISTD has been made aware of a 'Clear My Name' campaign currently being conducted by Amanda Brugnoli-Lines, the teacher who pleaded guilty and was convicted of forging dance certificates in 2010.

Brugnoli-Lines headed up the Dance Lines Academy in Croydon, and other dance academies, where she falsified certificates and boosted her pupils’ grades in order to increase her reputation as a teacher. The pupils, some of whom were as young as three, were registered for exams with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).

The ISTD and RAD both opened investigations into allegations against Brugnoli-Lines in 2008 and worked closely with the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), the Regulator, and Surrey Police to help bring this case to its conclusion.

Brugnoli-Lines pleaded guilty on 17th September 2010 at Guildford Crown Court to 22 counts of forgery, one count of fraud and one count of perverting the course of justice and was subsequently sentenced to two years in prison.

Following sentencing, Mrs Brugnoli-Lines was permanently removed from both the ISTD and RAD register of teachers.

As leading awarding bodies whose examination qualifications are subject to statutory regulation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the ISTD and RAD take the falsifying of certificates extremely seriously.

We would like to reassure our members that we remain committed to safeguarding the standards and reputation of our examinations and teaching, and to protecting our teachers and their students from the consequences of such criminal behaviour.

 

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