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.
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.
Yet that’s exactly what Boris Johnson is contemplating with his sinister threat to prorogue – or suspend – the UK parliament to ensure that MPs can’t stop a no-deal Brexit on October 31st. We know it’s undemocratic. What we don’t know, but will test in the courts, is whether it’s unlawful. That legal process starts tomorrow in the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
Around 70 MPs and peers from Labour, the Lib Dems, the Greens, the SNP and Plaid Cymru are among the petitioners. The future of the country is at stake, and working together across parties in the best interests of the people of the entire UK has never been more important. The team also includes Jolyon Maugham QC of the Good Law Project, which is backing the action, with Balfour+Manson instructing a counsel team headed by Aidan O’Neill QC and assisted by Professor Kenneth Armstrong.
The action is being brought before the Court of Session because it sits throughout August, unlike the English courts. We’re asking the Court to declare that the Prime Minister can’t advise the Queen to suspend parliament and stop it voting on no deal. If the Court agrees, then Boris Johnson will not be able to suspend the Commons for that purpose without parliament’s permission. We live in a country where our rule of law protects citizens from government. This is what is being invoked here.
The legal petition has already granted permission to go ahead, and – given the urgency of the situation – tomorrow’s initial hearing will determine how to proceed. Like any legal process, this costs money and a crowdfunder has been set up at crowdjustice.com for anyone who would like to help.
Boris Johnson’s reckless proposal to shut parliament down is undemocratic and simply cannot go unchallenged. I’m not prepared to stand back and allow the Prime Minister to take us out of the EU without a deal. That was not on the ballot paper in 2016 and will devastate our economy for perhaps generations.
My city, Edinburgh, is home to more than 39,000 EU nationals, more than anywhere else in Scotland. As many as 5% of all jobs in the capital are filled by workers from EU countries, with this ratio much higher in many of the key sectors and institutions across tourism, hospitality, health and social care, and financial services. Within higher education alone, EU workers constitute 17% of all Edinburgh University staff, while Edinburgh records a higher proportion of EU national students than any other UK city.
The financial services industry provides £5bn in gross value added to Edinburgh’s economy and employs 50,000 people. The UK enjoys the benefits of 750 international agreements through our membership of the EU, but the loss of ‘financial passporting’ would, at the very least, cause major disruption as it would mean we are unable to service markets and trade within the EU and other international markets.
Edinburgh’s economy is more reliant on financial services than the London economy or any UK city economy. Boris Johnson wants to put all this at risk, in turn putting the livelihoods of my constituents at risk. He made a political calculation to get himself into Downing Street and although it worked for him, his lies will come back and bite the country in a big way.
You don’t solve problems by creating borders, but by building bridges. The way to resolve this constitutional crisis is to give the people a final say on Brexit, with the option to remain in the EU. The answer certainly isn’t Scottish independence, which some of my Labour colleagues would do well to remember. Breaking up successful economic and social unions does not work, as Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson said at the weekend.
In 2014, Alex Salmond threatened a no-deal Scexit if the UK government wouldn’t let him share the pound. Now, the SNP is offering an even more extreme version – wanting to ditch the pound and hope for the best with a new fantasy currency, with flags and borders more important than people’s wages, pensions, mortgages or savings.
All the wrong-headed arguments for Brexit are the same as the wrong-headed arguments for independence. And when things go wrong, nationalists – Tory or SNP – simply blame others. An age-old political diversion tactic. Now the PM is employing that tactic by blaming the EU before a no deal Brexit in order to shirk responsibility for his own mess.
Rather than seeking to divide our communities, it’s time to bring people together. Let’s start by coming together to show Boris Johnson that he can’t take away parliament’s control and force through a catastrophic no-deal Brexit.
The battle was not really fought on July 12th – the Battle of the Boyne, ending with the victory of King William III over King James II, took place on July 1st, 1690 – 30 miles north of Dublin, across the River Boyne at period known as the ‘Glorious Revolution’.
The Battle marked a turning point in Protestant history in the country. Over the years the day has also been marked by sectarian violence between pro-Unionist groups and pro-Republican forces.
The Battle of the Boyne (Irish: Cath na Bóinne IPA: [ˈkah n̪ˠə ˈbˠoːn̪ʲə]) was a battle between the forces of the overthrown King James VII and II of Scotland, England and Ireland and those of Dutch protestant Prince William of Orange who, with his wife Mary II (his cousin and James’s daughter), had just acceded to the Crowns of England and those of Scotland.
Every year, on 12 July and the night before, some Protestants in Northern Ireland light towering bonfires, hold street parties and march through the streets to celebrate an event that took place more than 300 years ago.
This event, William of Orange’s crushing victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, was to mark a major turning point in Irish and British history and its ramifications are still being felt today. Here are 10 facts about the battle.
1. The battle pitted the forces of a Protestant Dutch prince against the army of a deposed Catholic English king
William of Orange had deposed James II of England and Ireland (and VII of Scotland) in a bloodless coup two years before. The Dutchman had been invited to overthrow James by prominent English Protestants who were fearful of his promotion of Catholicism in the Protestant-majority country.
2. William was James’ nephew
Not only that but he was also James’ son-in-law, having married the Catholic king’s eldest daughter, Mary, in November 1677. After James fled England for France in December 1688, Mary, a Protestant, felt torn between her father and her husband, but ultimately felt that William’s actions had been necessary.
She and William subsequently became co-regents of England, Scotland and Ireland.
3. James saw Ireland as the backdoor through which he could reclaim the English crown
Unlike England, Scotland and Wales, Ireland was overwhelmingly Catholic at that time. In March 1689, James landed in the country with forces supplied by the Catholic King Louis XIV of France. In the months that followed, he fought to establish his authority over all of Ireland, including its Protestant pockets.
Eventually, William decided to go to Ireland himself to assert his power, arriving at the port of Carrickfergus on 14 June 1690.
4. William had the support of the pope
This might seem surprising given that the Dutchman was a Protestant fighting a Catholic king. But Pope Alexander VIII was part of the so-called “Grand Alliance” opposed to Louis XIV’s warring in Europe. And, as we have seen, James had the support of Louis.
5. The battle took place across the River Boyne
After arriving in Ireland, William intended to march south to take Dublin. But James had established a line of defence at the river, around 30 miles north of Dublin. The fighting took place near the town of Drogheda in eastern modern-day Ireland.
6. William’s men had to cross the river – but they had one advantage over James’ army
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With James’ army situated on the Boyne’s south bank, William’s forces had to cross the water – with their horses – in order to confront them. Working in their favour, however, was the fact that they outnumbered James’ army of 23,500 by 12,500.
7. It was the last time that two crowned kings of England, Scotland and Ireland faced each other on the battlefield
William, as we know, won the face-off, and went on to march to Dublin. James, meanwhile, abandoned his army as it was retreating and escaped to France where he lived out the rest of his days in exile.
8. William’s victory secured the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland for generations to come
The so-called “Ascendancy” was the domination of politics, the economy and high society in Ireland by a minority of elite Protestants between the late 17th century and the early 20th century. These Protestants were all members of the Churches of Ireland or England and anyone who wasn’t was excluded – primarily Roman Catholics but also non-Christians, such as Jews, and other Christians and Protestants.
9. The battle has become a key part of the folklore of the Orange Order
The was founded in 1795 as a Masonic-style organisation committed to maintaining the Protestant Ascendancy. Today, the group claims to defend Protestant liberties but is viewed by critics as sectarian and supremacist.
Every year, members of the Order hold marches in Northern Ireland on or around 12 July to mark William’s victory at the Battle of the Boyne.
10. But the battle actually took place on 11 July
Although the battle has been commemorated on 12 July for more than 200 years, it actually took place on 1 July according to the old Julian calendar, and on 11 July according to the Gregorian (which replaced the Julian calendar in 1752).
It is not clear whether the clash came to be celebrated on 12 July due to a mathematical error in converting the Julian date, or whether celebrations for the Battle of the Boyne came to replace those for the Battle of Aughrim in 1691, which took place on 12 July in the Julian calendar. Confused yet?