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Jun. 23rd, 2009

If you’ve ever found yourself idly wondering, “If I were a teacher, just what would I have to do to lose my job?”—I know I have—we’ve now got a pretty good idea, thanks to this selfless pioneer:
A teacher who made a girl with brittle bone disorder stand in a corner after she misbehaved has been banned from teaching for two years.

The GTCW panel was told Russell Doddington knew of the seven-year-old’s condition, which causes bones to break easily. The hearing in Cardiff was told he forced the girl to stand in the corner of the classroom for seven minutes. After five minutes standing facing the wall, she began to lean.

It was also claimed he banished another child from his classroom for a full day and is accused of not setting or marking homework. The GTCW heard that concerns about the teacher were first raised in 2002. A teacher described Mr Doddington’s lessons and his handling of the children as “appalling”.

When challenged by senior staff about his performance and the fact that he had missed agreed targets he dismissed their concerns, saying “anyone would think this was the worst thing since the Holocaust”, the hearing was told.

The panel heard that Mr Doddington did not keep a pupil record and had no idea what it was. When asked how he kept records of pupil development he told senior staff he “kept the information in his head”.

The panel heard that children’s books were left unmarked for months at a time, homework was not set, and despite having a class of just 21, parents were concerned that their children were not progressing.

The hearing was told that Mr Doddington asked a meeting at the school: “Do you think I can’t hack it, do you think I’m useless?” In another meeting, staff said he became aggressive, rolled his eyes and eventually stormed out, the hearing was told.

Panel chairman Mr Jones banned Mr Doddington from teaching for a minimum of two years. He said the panel had considered a suspension order with conditions to undergo retraining, but there was “no willingness to respond positively” to such conditions from the teacher. [BBC]
He finally resigned last year, so, measured from the first complaint, that’s a good five years of maltreatment of children bordering on abuse, along with general rampant unprofessionalism, before the situation finally starts to get dicey and the formal proceedings kick in. Enough time to get down to some serious experimentation in class, if you’ve planned ahead. Or maybe you just like to improvise. At the end of the process, so long as no-one has actually died, a strategic move to the other end of the country should hopefully see you evade the less-than-stringent CRB system, and you can start again. The classroom is your playground.

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offensive_mango
Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
made a girl with brittle bone disorder stand in a corner after she misbehaved

So what's the problem here? Sounds effective--I bet she won't do whatever it was again. As they say, if you can't do the time, don't do the crime. etc. etc.
webofevil
Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
> I bet she won't do whatever it was again

Stand, by the sound of it.
offensive_mango
Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
Eh, standing was always going to be a problem. Better just to take it out of the equation altogether. He sounds like a hero.
offensive_mango
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
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chiller
Jun. 23rd, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
Gormsby: the early years.
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