Tuesday 24 April 2018

Teacher struck off because lessons 'were too boring' after complaints from pupils

Pupils had repeatedly complained of 'boring' lessons that were 'always the same thing
Pupils had repeatedly complained of 'boring' lessons that were 'always the same thing
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An English teacher whose "boring" lessons sparked complaints from parents has been struck off from the teaching register.

Gillian Scott was found by a fitness to teach panel to have failed to motivate her "disinterested" students and did not properly prepare or explain her teaching plans with them.

Pupils at Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, had repeatedly complained of "boring" lessons that were "always the same thing".

Over the course of three years, the deputy head teacher of the school, David Macluskey, observed Ms Scott in a series of lessons.

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

In November 2012, she spent three lessons reading a novel to a class of pupils, but at no point asked the children any questions about the book.

And she had set the exact same essay task for three different year groups, but failed to justify why she had done so.

Her pupils were described as being "disinterested" in lessons as Ms Scott simply asked them to copy down learning aims without explaining them, the hearing heard.

The school received complaints from parents that their children were not being stretched in her classes, where tasks included writing an essay on what they did during activities week.

A teacher from another school who observed a class told a hearing at the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS): "Your lack of enthusiasm for teaching and the subject resulted in pupils becoming disinterested in participating in the lesson."

The panel ruled Ms Scott had failed to maintain its standards between December 2010 and November 2013 and removed her from the teaching register for two years, after which time she can re-apply.

In its ruling, the GTCS said: "The panel found extensive failings in her ability to plan and prepare lessons, indeed, the panel considered that the evidence suggested that the respondent did not understand how to produce a lesson plan.

"Despite significant support over a lengthy period of time, the respondent's lesson planning did not improve and she did not seem to accept that she needed to improve.

"The panel concluded that the respondent's professional competence is currently falling significantly below the standard expected of a registered teacher."

Ms Scott, who did not attend the hearing and now teaches outside Scotland, wrote in an email submission on May 1 that "with hindsight, I can identify situations that I could have handled differently, either in the classroom or with colleagues".

Her father James Scott, representing his daughter, said she had suffered from an element of "kick the teacher" at the school and in the community and that her current employers "recognise her gift for teaching".


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