British teacher loses job after telling-off of a pupil

Here we go again: British pupils rule the classes and schools///AIWA! NO!//

The High School of Dundee

Daniel Goodey was pushed out out his job at the High School of Dundee, which charges fees of up to £13,650 a year, after he refused to apologise to a girl who had been late handing in an assignment.//

An employment tribunal found that John Halliday, the school’s rector, held “extremely threatening and unpleasant” meetings with Mr Goodey after the incident.

Judge Ian McFatridge ruled Mr Goodey was bullied out of his job after he “sighed in frustration” at the schoolgirl as she left his classroom in a “teenage huff”.

The tribunal heard the pupil was late in handing in an assignment and took exception to being told to work with a classmate to finish it.

As she left, Mr Goodey, a principal of religious, moral and philosophical studies, made an exasperated noise and told her “don’t walk away angry”.

However, the incident prompted a complaint from the girl’s mother, who said she no longer wanted to be taught by him.

The school investigated and agreed the girl should not be permitted to attend his classes. Mr Goodey was wrongly accused of unprofessional conduct after he refused to provide a written apology to her.

John Halliday, rector of the High School of Dundee
John Halliday, rector of the High School of Dundee CREDIT: CASCADENEWS.CO.UK

The teacher felt he had no option but to quit and his resignation letter warned of “serious implications for the future standards of the school when teachers become afraid of expecting pupils to do work set and concerned that they may have to apologise for doing their job if a pupil is not happy”.

Judge McFatridge ordered the school to pay £60,000 to Mr Goodey, who had 14 years of service, saying: “There is no doubt in my mind that the dismissal was unfair.”

He found that Mr Goodey had “simply been carrying out his job” and instead of dealing with the matter properly, the school had “sought to bully the teacher into apologising”.

In a letter to parents on Friday, Iain Bett, the school’s chairman, said the board and senior management team were “extremely disappointed” with the outcome and insisted the school’s leaders had acted fairly and in good faith.

He said: “We are therefore dismayed by the judgment, which we believe does not provide an accurate representation of the facts of the case which were presented in the hearing.” He said the school was taking legal advice about its next steps.

An unbelievable reward sense, and exploitation.

Mr Goodey has clocked an impressive 14 – years of service and commitment to the teaching profession, and the school.

How does the high school in Dundee believe it’s preparing students for the real world by allowing this pupil to miss classes and not turning tasks on time, and forcing an experienced teacher when he was trying to instil respect, discipline, values and work ethic in a calm a measured way?

There are obvious conclusions to be drawn about the attitude of the child and the parents if she cannot take punishment and sanction for not submitting a reasonable task on time. We are not alone in thinking privilege overrides decency and manners –  it appears.

The school will no doubt over time regret not supporting staff – but then is would appear the prospect of losing students’ fees they would sacrifice the poor teacher instead.

Many in the teaching profession say the teacher as having been left on the line to dry. Life they say ‘is going to be harder for both teachers and pupils’ because the precedent has been set – pupils are in charge in Schools in England and Wales.

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