‘Incompetent’ man barred from top job

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A FORMER assistant principal at a Doncaster school has been effectively banned from managerial roles after he was found guilty of “serious professional incompetence”.

The General Teaching Council’s Professional Competence Committee imposed a condition on the teaching registration of Garry Bott, former assistant principal at Serlby Park School, barring him from taking up employment as a teacher with managerial responsibility, including the posts of deputy headteacher and headteacher.

Committee chairman Tony Cuthbert said after an Oftsted inspection of the school in 2009, Mr Bott was formally monitored in four areas - strategic leadership of the primary phase, evaluation of teaching and learning, communication and health and behaviour support.

After the monitoring, he was found to have made limited or no progress and failed to meet the required standard in the four areas reviewed.

On January 22 last year Mr Bott was issued with a final written warning by the governors and he resigned on February 28.

Mr Cuthbert said: “Mr Bott has accepted that the facts as admitted establish ‘serious professional incompetence’ as defined in the General Teaching Council’s disciplinary procedure rules.

“In coming to its decision, the Committee has had regard to the Code of Conduct and Practice for Registered Teachers, principle two of which puts the onus upon registered teachers to meet the professional standards for teaching relevant to their role and the stage they have reached in their career.”

“The Committee has also had regard to the fact Mr Bott had been employed as a teacher for 32-and-a-half years and that his previous performance as a headteacher was exemplary. Nonetheless, the Committee is satisfied that, during an extended formal monitoring process, Mr Bott failed to make sufficient progress towards achieving the standards required in the four areas identified in the allegation.

“He demonstrated thereby a level of competence which falls seriously short of that expected of a Registered Teacher in his position.”

Mr Bott, who told the Committee he has no intention of pursuing further employment within the teaching profession, has the right of appeal to the High Court within 28 days.