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Dear Sage advice for failing NQT

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by Bobthefisherman, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. Seeking advice with regard to a rather difficult situation. A colleague who is approaching the end of his 3rd term has recently been informed he is failing. He had satisfactory for the first 2 assessments , with some elements of good. He is currently performing at a satisfactory level but has been told he needs to achieve good on a couple of elements of the core standards. He came to me for advice and I agreed to accompany him to a meeting and act as a scribe as unfortunately this matter arose after he had joined a union he cant get representation from them. I feel that this chap has had a raw deal, he has had poor support from the school induction tutor, inadequate advice and infrequent meetings, was taken on for a class with multiple behaviour problems. Requested help on issues that seem to have fallen on deaf ears and done his best to just "get on with it". If i had been aware earlier I could have offered more support. Also he was only aware of an appropriate body contact from the LEA after a meeting was called by the headteacher involving a representative from the LEA. He has tried to speak to the LEA representative but felt that they saw him as just making excuses for his failings. He has been given targets and observations made over the last few weeks at a rate of sometimes twice a day or as many as 5 or 6 in a week. The pressure is now really getting to him and i think its just too much for him. He has other work pressures placed upon him , that I don't want to go into for fear of giving away his identity or mine for that matter. I'm in a position within the school where I can't be seen to overtly speak up on his behalf. I feel he has done a good job in difficult circumstances but the odds seem stacked against him. He has certainly been let down by the support provided . What advice do you have regarding this situation.
    Bob
     
  2. Seeking advice with regard to a rather difficult situation. A colleague who is approaching the end of his 3rd term has recently been informed he is failing. He had satisfactory for the first 2 assessments , with some elements of good. He is currently performing at a satisfactory level but has been told he needs to achieve good on a couple of elements of the core standards. He came to me for advice and I agreed to accompany him to a meeting and act as a scribe as unfortunately this matter arose after he had joined a union he cant get representation from them. I feel that this chap has had a raw deal, he has had poor support from the school induction tutor, inadequate advice and infrequent meetings, was taken on for a class with multiple behaviour problems. Requested help on issues that seem to have fallen on deaf ears and done his best to just "get on with it". If i had been aware earlier I could have offered more support. Also he was only aware of an appropriate body contact from the LEA after a meeting was called by the headteacher involving a representative from the LEA. He has tried to speak to the LEA representative but felt that they saw him as just making excuses for his failings. He has been given targets and observations made over the last few weeks at a rate of sometimes twice a day or as many as 5 or 6 in a week. The pressure is now really getting to him and i think its just too much for him. He has other work pressures placed upon him , that I don't want to go into for fear of giving away his identity or mine for that matter. I'm in a position within the school where I can't be seen to overtly speak up on his behalf. I feel he has done a good job in difficult circumstances but the odds seem stacked against him. He has certainly been let down by the support provided . What advice do you have regarding this situation.
    Bob
     
  3. This is wrong and it is unfair and it is a form of bullying. If all along he has been fine meeting the standards and is still doing that even if it is just satisfactory, then the school cannot claim or recommend a fail. He needs to get his union involved, this is unacceptable. The induction is about meeting the standards not meeting them at a 'good' level or more.
    He needs specific help and advice and he needs to contact the LA NQT adviser - the statutory guidelines are very clear that failing should not come as a surprise, certainly not this late and not when everything indicates that he is meeting the standards.
    The Sage
     

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