Bradford Council takes action to tackle under-performing teachers

Councillor Ralph Berry, executive member for children’s services at Bradford Council

Councillor Ralph Berry, executive member for children’s services at Bradford Council

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Head teachers and school governors are to be trained on how to tackle under-performing teachers.

The measure is part of a 15-point Bradford Council action plan designed to drive up standards in the district’s schools.

When the plan was being drawn up, one head teacher had raised concerns that the Council was too ‘risk-averse’ when it came to dealing with teachers who were not up to the job and was often unwilling to see them dismissed in case the matter ended up in costly employment tribunals.

From next month, the authority will embark on a wide-scale programme of training for governors and head teachers on how to retrain, and in the most extreme cases to dismiss, staff who are failing to do their job well enough.

Councillor Ralph Berry, executive member for children’s services at Bradford Council, said the changes would “not necessarily” result in more under-performing teachers leaving the profession.

He said the main aim was to ensure consistency and make sure the process happened in a timely way.

He said: “If you do get to a point where you are in capability assessments, it is not in anybody’s interests for them to be massively prolonged.”

Ian Murch, Bradford spokesman for the National Union of Teachers, said he backed the training, as long as it was not aimed at sacking more teachers.

He said: “There’s nothing wrong with training people in how to properly use processes, as long as they’re not saying the purpose of this training is to make sure that more teachers are dismissed.”

But he said it would be a mistake to think it was currently too difficult to tackle under-performing teachers.

He said: “Teachers are under more pressure and more scrutiny than any other groups of workers.”

Councillor Roger L’Amie, the Conservative spokesman for education, welcomed the roll-out of the training, saying consistency was key.

He said: “I think there is a two-pronged approach to this. Firstly, under-performing teachers have to be identified early and given opportunities for retraining or sometimes possibly a move, to allow them to come up to speed.

“Then there does need, as a last resort, to be a fairly quick method of getting rid of teachers who are just not up to the job.”

Progress on the action plan will be discussed at a meeting of the children’s services overview and scrutiny committee on Tuesday at Victoria Hall, Saltaire.

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8:18am Thu 13 Mar 14

bd7 helper says...

Why don't the teachers swap position wid bradford council
Then will see who's under performing
Why don't the teachers swap position wid bradford council Then will see who's under performing bd7 helper
  • Score: 18

9:07am Thu 13 Mar 14

BierleyBoy says...

That there is no process in place already speaks volumes.
It goes without saying that Ralph Berry's comments show there isn't going to be a tightening of standard, just an appearance of something being done to address extremely poor standards.
Then of course their is the issue of what is considered acceptable performance by teachers and schools.
Follow the 15 point plan and you're fine, irrespective of the actual results achieved by pupils.
That there is no process in place already speaks volumes. It goes without saying that Ralph Berry's comments show there isn't going to be a tightening of standard, just an appearance of something being done to address extremely poor standards. Then of course their is the issue of what is considered acceptable performance by teachers and schools. Follow the 15 point plan and you're fine, irrespective of the actual results achieved by pupils. BierleyBoy
  • Score: 5

9:45am Thu 13 Mar 14

BertSanders says...

The must be a queue for the jobs - It must be difficult to teach in Bradfords multi racial society I cannot envisage a rush to come to Bradford!
If Bradford housing upgraded to national values there would be a rush to go.
The must be a queue for the jobs - It must be difficult to teach in Bradfords multi racial society I cannot envisage a rush to come to Bradford! If Bradford housing upgraded to national values there would be a rush to go. BertSanders
  • Score: 2

10:40am Thu 13 Mar 14

Albion. says...

BertSanders wrote:
The must be a queue for the jobs - It must be difficult to teach in Bradfords multi racial society I cannot envisage a rush to come to Bradford!
If Bradford housing upgraded to national values there would be a rush to go.
Bradford Housing?

Teachers have their hands tied yet unruly pupils are repeatedly allowed back in to cause further disruption. Until there is adequate discipline nothing will significantly improve.
[quote][p][bold]BertSanders[/bold] wrote: The must be a queue for the jobs - It must be difficult to teach in Bradfords multi racial society I cannot envisage a rush to come to Bradford! If Bradford housing upgraded to national values there would be a rush to go.[/p][/quote]Bradford Housing? Teachers have their hands tied yet unruly pupils are repeatedly allowed back in to cause further disruption. Until there is adequate discipline nothing will significantly improve. Albion.
  • Score: 12

7:21pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Sadbrad says...

May I ask what action will be taken against under-performing head teachers? At least one that I know of manages to regularly hoodwink inspectors into believing the school is outstanding but for the rest of the year, accrues up record levels of 'sickies'. I know of multiple teachers that have left as a result of bullying and harassment from this head. In any large private employer, she would have been sacked long ago.

Something also needs to be done about empowering school governors so that they are not under the influence of head teachers but instead, are capable of acting independently. A head teacher should be accountable to the governors. They should not be intimidated by her at meetings.

Finally, take control of the school budget outside the hands of head teachers as this can result in bogus expenses that do not benefit pupils in any way (teacher birthday parties paid out of the school budget anyone?).
May I ask what action will be taken against under-performing head teachers? At least one that I know of manages to regularly hoodwink inspectors into believing the school is outstanding but for the rest of the year, accrues up record levels of 'sickies'. I know of multiple teachers that have left as a result of bullying and harassment from this head. In any large private employer, she would have been sacked long ago. Something also needs to be done about empowering school governors so that they are not under the influence of head teachers but instead, are capable of acting independently. A head teacher should be accountable to the governors. They should not be intimidated by her at meetings. Finally, take control of the school budget outside the hands of head teachers as this can result in bogus expenses that do not benefit pupils in any way (teacher birthday parties paid out of the school budget anyone?). Sadbrad
  • Score: 0

8:58pm Thu 13 Mar 14

lazybeat says...

the sooner there is accountability and performance reviews in the public sector the better
the sooner there is accountability and performance reviews in the public sector the better lazybeat
  • Score: 2

11:22pm Thu 13 Mar 14

shornoff says...

Most teachers are good. Some teachers are really good. Ask them to help the ones that struggle.

A retired teacher.
Most teachers are good. Some teachers are really good. Ask them to help the ones that struggle. A retired teacher. shornoff
  • Score: 1

1:33am Fri 14 Mar 14

bobbyo says...

Sadbrad wrote:
May I ask what action will be taken against under-performing head teachers? At least one that I know of manages to regularly hoodwink inspectors into believing the school is outstanding but for the rest of the year, accrues up record levels of 'sickies'. I know of multiple teachers that have left as a result of bullying and harassment from this head. In any large private employer, she would have been sacked long ago. Something also needs to be done about empowering school governors so that they are not under the influence of head teachers but instead, are capable of acting independently. A head teacher should be accountable to the governors. They should not be intimidated by her at meetings. Finally, take control of the school budget outside the hands of head teachers as this can result in bogus expenses that do not benefit pupils in any way (teacher birthday parties paid out of the school budget anyone?).
Totally agree with sad rads comments here, what will be done about under perfoming bullying head teachers. I worked under one sch head! Yes he is a bully! Yes the authority know hes a bully, yes he's had previous of bullying, did anything get done about this bully ? No he's left to carry on bullying .
[quote][p][bold]Sadbrad[/bold] wrote: May I ask what action will be taken against under-performing head teachers? At least one that I know of manages to regularly hoodwink inspectors into believing the school is outstanding but for the rest of the year, accrues up record levels of 'sickies'. I know of multiple teachers that have left as a result of bullying and harassment from this head. In any large private employer, she would have been sacked long ago. Something also needs to be done about empowering school governors so that they are not under the influence of head teachers but instead, are capable of acting independently. A head teacher should be accountable to the governors. They should not be intimidated by her at meetings. Finally, take control of the school budget outside the hands of head teachers as this can result in bogus expenses that do not benefit pupils in any way (teacher birthday parties paid out of the school budget anyone?).[/p][/quote]Totally agree with sad rads comments here, what will be done about under perfoming bullying head teachers. I worked under one sch head! Yes he is a bully! Yes the authority know hes a bully, yes he's had previous of bullying, did anything get done about this bully ? No he's left to carry on bullying . bobbyo
  • Score: 1

1:49pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Apollo says...

bobbyo wrote:
Sadbrad wrote: May I ask what action will be taken against under-performing head teachers? At least one that I know of manages to regularly hoodwink inspectors into believing the school is outstanding but for the rest of the year, accrues up record levels of 'sickies'. I know of multiple teachers that have left as a result of bullying and harassment from this head. In any large private employer, she would have been sacked long ago. Something also needs to be done about empowering school governors so that they are not under the influence of head teachers but instead, are capable of acting independently. A head teacher should be accountable to the governors. They should not be intimidated by her at meetings. Finally, take control of the school budget outside the hands of head teachers as this can result in bogus expenses that do not benefit pupils in any way (teacher birthday parties paid out of the school budget anyone?).
Totally agree with sad rads comments here, what will be done about under perfoming bullying head teachers. I worked under one sch head! Yes he is a bully! Yes the authority know hes a bully, yes he's had previous of bullying, did anything get done about this bully ? No he's left to carry on bullying .
Name names.
[quote][p][bold]bobbyo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sadbrad[/bold] wrote: May I ask what action will be taken against under-performing head teachers? At least one that I know of manages to regularly hoodwink inspectors into believing the school is outstanding but for the rest of the year, accrues up record levels of 'sickies'. I know of multiple teachers that have left as a result of bullying and harassment from this head. In any large private employer, she would have been sacked long ago. Something also needs to be done about empowering school governors so that they are not under the influence of head teachers but instead, are capable of acting independently. A head teacher should be accountable to the governors. They should not be intimidated by her at meetings. Finally, take control of the school budget outside the hands of head teachers as this can result in bogus expenses that do not benefit pupils in any way (teacher birthday parties paid out of the school budget anyone?).[/p][/quote]Totally agree with sad rads comments here, what will be done about under perfoming bullying head teachers. I worked under one sch head! Yes he is a bully! Yes the authority know hes a bully, yes he's had previous of bullying, did anything get done about this bully ? No he's left to carry on bullying .[/p][/quote]Name names. Apollo
  • Score: 0

4:29pm Fri 14 Mar 14

BertSanders says...

Albion. wrote:
BertSanders wrote:
The must be a queue for the jobs - It must be difficult to teach in Bradfords multi racial society I cannot envisage a rush to come to Bradford!
If Bradford housing upgraded to national values there would be a rush to go.
Bradford Housing?

Teachers have their hands tied yet unruly pupils are repeatedly allowed back in to cause further disruption. Until there is adequate discipline nothing will significantly improve.
Bradfordhousing ? - HOUSE PRICES.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BertSanders[/bold] wrote: The must be a queue for the jobs - It must be difficult to teach in Bradfords multi racial society I cannot envisage a rush to come to Bradford! If Bradford housing upgraded to national values there would be a rush to go.[/p][/quote]Bradford Housing? Teachers have their hands tied yet unruly pupils are repeatedly allowed back in to cause further disruption. Until there is adequate discipline nothing will significantly improve.[/p][/quote]Bradfordhousing ? - HOUSE PRICES. BertSanders
  • Score: 0

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