Poor teachers will face sack sooner

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Poor teachers will face sack sooner

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Plans to make it easier for head teachers in England to sack under-performing staff are to go ahead from September, the government says.

It says poor teachers could be removed within a term instead of a year, which can be the case at present.

The education secretary, Michael Gove, says schools have been "tangled in red tape" for too long when dealing with struggling teachers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16535191

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I think that if it's administered correctly it will be so much better than the present system. Who the heck wants a poor teacher, still in a role for a year, teaching their children

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I agree... given that most teachers are at the very least satisfactory, is there really any excuse for keeping proven poor quality teachers?

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On the other hand I would not like this system to be used to get rid of previously good teachers who are just struggling through a difficult time in their lives... like we all do. Any teacher at risk of being barred from the profession should be given every support to pick themselves up again. And allowances should be made for classes- even an outstanding teacher will not teach as well in a 'difficult' class- and you do get clusters where there's a difficult class or year group in the school.

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A good plan, if they can't teach then they should removed before they do any harm to the learning process of the children. This is no different to any other employee who would be instantly removed via gross misconduct.

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I do STRONGLY believe there should be a second chance, in a different school.

I had Senior Management Team bullying. There was Union involvement, not by my instigation, because of the huge number of NQTs who were leaving directly after their probation years ... and some leaving the profession completely - one went to be a chalet girl whilst she rethought her career ...
Yet the SMT did their best to get me on Incompetancy procedures, giving me things like 8 targets to work on simultaneously, redoing my Maths plan twice in a week with a full computerised differentiated sheet copied in triplicate on every occasion, picking spellings out of my lists and faffing about whether they were words that a child might use (one was 'lightship', OK so they're not that common but they do occur in children's stories (Swallows and Amazons!) they are out there in the real world, and it was a compound word as needed for that week!)
It wasn't until two teachers left the school within a term of being employed, meaning that they'd given their notice in within 6 weeks of starting! one very experienced and one NQT but a former lawyer, and then the new deputy head left after two terms ... that I accepted that maybe it wasn't me, or that I was not solely at fault.

Different teaching environments and I'm in another world ...

So, I would agree that poor teachers need to meet consequences, but I think that everyone should be able to have a second chance in case personality conflicts, or 'office politics', have more of a bearing on the situation than the actual skills of the teacher ...

Helen

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I agree with you GreySquirrel, because there are a number of different reasons why a teacher may do badly in one school but very well in another.  Especially with NQTs and teachers with just a year or two experience as it need not even be bullying or anything that serious, all it takes a a "mentor" who fails to do their job properly, and incompetent or bullying senior staff can seriously undermine teachers' authority in the classroom, and less experienced staff will be most affected by that, and more likely to not know what to do about it.

That school sounds dreadful and the SMT sound like a bunch of idiots quite frankly.  Nothing wrong with "lightship" as a compound word, why on earth is it a problem that it's not a word that kids would normally use?  Have they never heard of expanding kids' vocabularies??   Stupid SMT.  There should be provisions in place to sack incompetent senior staff too!!

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I also think its worth saying that this is not a procedure against 'gross misconduct'- a teacher guilty of anything like that can be suspended pending investigation and depending on the result of that, sacked/ disbarred (if its called that) This is just for teachers who, for one reason or another, are not very good. Or not coping at that particular time. And I do believe that every facility should be given to help them improve.

We aren't talking about teachers who grope their students or suchlike here... there are immediete procedures for that kind of thing.