Teacher de-registered for being ineffective and boring

A Teacher has been deregistered for being ineffective and boring.

Sadly it wasn’t in this country.

An English teacher whose ‘boring’ lessons left her pupils ‘unmotivated’ and ‘disinterested’ has been banned from the classroom.

Gillian Scott, a secondary school teacher at Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, failed to interact with the children during lessons that involved them copying out notes or listening to her read in silence.

Pupils complained about the repetitive lessons always being the same and one was told they would ‘get a warning’ if they did not put their hand down.

A fitness-to-hearing of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) removed her from the teaching register.

Between 2010 and 2013, her lessons were observed by David Macluskey, the school’s principal teacher of English.

In his evidence he said he was ‘horrified’ at ‘how bad’ one lesson had been.  

He found expectations were set too low for the pupils and the point of lessons was never made clear.

In one lesson he reported that ‘after copying work from the board, several pupils were left waiting for others to finish which meant their individual needs were not met’.

In June 2011 Scott set the same work for pupils in classes across three different year groups with an essay titled ‘what I did in activities week’. She then did the same again in September when she instructed them to detail ‘what I did in my summer holidays’.

Despite other teachers sitting in on her lessons, little changed and on one occasion she ‘told pupils about the characterisation during a clip of Jurassic Park and instructed them to write down the points [she] had made.’

She also spent three consecutive lessons reading a novel to a class of 11-year-old pupils but at no point asked them any questions about the book.

In March 2013, a teacher reported that Scott told a pupil asking for help: ‘Put your hand down. If you ask again you’ll get a warning.’

Other classes Scott taught descended in chaos with the disengaged pupils turning disruptive and rowdy.

In lessons watched by Mr Macluskey in 2011, he said pupils had ‘inappropriate sexual graffiti on their folders’ and during one lesson, children were ‘out of control…pupils were shouting out, throwing objects and throwing chairs’.

In another lesson in May 2011, it is alleged Miss Scott issued a ‘disproportionate number’ of punishment exercises to one child and failed to stop four pupils [who had already been thrown out] ‘racing a chair up and down the corridor’.

The hearing was told her S2 class was ‘out of control on various occasions and pupils were shouting out, throwing objects and throwing chairs’.

Gosh, that sounds awfully like some of my classes.

Miss Scott – who is now teaching abroad – did not attend the hearing and was represented by her father, James.

His claimed his daughter was the victim of a ‘sustained campaign of bullying and harassment’ by her colleagues and Perth and Kinross Council following a complaint made by her and other colleagues.

He also said her current employers ‘recognise her gift for teaching’.

Good grief, I hope she isn’t sharing her ‘gift for teaching’ in New Zealand


– Daily Mail

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