INCOMPETENT TEACHERS-A VERY RARE BREED INDEED APPARENTLY

INCOMPETENT TEACHERS

Very few struck off for incompetence

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Many more teachers have been struck off by the GTC for misconduct than incompetence. From 2001 to the present day, the General Teaching Council for England, which currently administers the regulatory system for teachers, has prohibited a total of 228 teachers—211 teachers have been prohibited for misconduct and just 17 for professional incompetence. In 2011/2 68 were struck off for misconduct and just one for incompetence

If teachers are struggling, self evidently they should receive support and be given a chance to raise their game. If they are incapable or unwilling to improve it is equally clear that  they should be removed  from the profession . As these figures confirm incompetent teachers are simply recycled from school to school often with the collusion of Heads, governors and unions. Given the damage incompetent teachers do to the life chances of children in their care-this is nothing short of a scandal.

To make matters worse, according to the  TES,  no cases referred to the GTC since the end of August last year will lead to completed hearings before the council is closed in March because of time constraints.

Teacher leaders  understandably want to raise the status of their  profession . But it is hard to see how this will ever happen if those teachers  who dont meet the highest professional standards are  protected and kept in the profession.

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