Teacher failed pupils

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A TEACHER who failed to ensure pupils’ coursework was correctly sent to the exam board has been reprimanded for “unacceptable professional conduct”.

The General Teaching Council’s Professional Conduct Committee found that, while employed at the Springboard Centre, on Beckett Road in Doncaster, Gerald Pert stored in his classroom coursework, assessment sheets and pupils’ estimated grade forms which should have been forwarded to the relevant examination board.

The forms related relation to the Science GCSE and entry level course, and the Personal, Social and Health Education entry level course at the pupil referral unit.

Announcing its decision, committee chairman Clare Craig said: “We further find that in failing to ensure pupils’ coursework and associated documentation was dispatched to the examination board correctly and in storing coursework, assessment sheets and pupils’ estimated grade forms in his classroom which should have been forwarded to the relevant examination board, Mr Pert was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

“Mr Pert’s conduct fell short of the standard expected of a Registered Teacher and was behaviour which involved a breach of the standards of propriety expected of the profession.

“We have noted the matters which we have considered took place during a period of considerable turbulence at the Centre with high staff turnover and poor pupil attendance. At this time Mr Pert was the only full time qualified teacher and had an increased workload and responsibilities imposed upon him, including teaching a two year GCSE science course in one year when that was not his specialist subject.”

She said in the circumstances the appropriate sanction was a reprimand, which will remain on his professional registration for a two years. It marked the fact his conduct had been unacceptable and may be taken into account in any future proceedings against him, she said. Mr Pert has a right of appeal to the High Court within 28 days.