Making essay mills illegal under new legislation will help protect students from falling prey to the 'deceptive marketing techniques of contract cheating services', the Department for Education has said.
It is one of a number of measures being introduced to the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, which aims to transform further and technical education.
Careers education in schools will also be strengthened to ensure all pupils have opportunities to learn about all the technical education options available to them; including apprenticeships, T-levels and traineeships.
'We are taking steps to ban these cheating services.
The law will also be changed to give equality to technical education in careers advice in schools, so all pupils understand the wide range of routes and training available to them, not just academic routes. UUK has repeatedly called for essay writing services to be made illegal and we have worked together with Government, the Quality Assurance Agency and other higher education bodies to tackle their use.
'While the use of essay mills by students is rare, all universities have codes of conduct that include severe penalties for students found to be submitting work that is not their own.
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