Teacher suspended over GCSE marking failures

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A FORMER teacher at one of Doncaster’s most successful schools has been suspended for a year for failing to grade vital GCSE coursework in time.

The General Teaching Council’s Professional Conduct Committee found Mark Taylor guilty of unacceptable professional conduct while working at The Hayfield School, Auckley, which he joined in 2003.

It found that, during the 2008/09 academic year, he failed to follow the school’s procedure for the teaching and marking of Year 9 and Year 10 GCSE English coursework.

He failed to return first draft coursework to students in a reasonable time and failed to ensure they progressed the work to the second draft stage.

He also failed to comply with exam board requirements by teaching only the Hound of the Baskervilles to pupils and failing to cover other Sherlock Holmes short stories.

He also failed to mark work accurately and didn’t ensure pupils completed one piece of coursework before moving onto another piece.

The decision states: “Generally, the Code of Conduct and Practice for Registered Teachers requires registrants to ‘put the wellbeing, development and progress of children and young people first’ and to ‘take responsibility for maintaining the quality of their teaching practice’.

“By failing to mark and return coursework to his pupils, Mr Taylor failed to abide by those principles.”

It stated he put extra work on his colleagues and brought distress to pupils, who had to be re-taught other literary texts.

The committee took his previous good character and good references into account.

Hayfield headteacher Dr Sai Patel said Mr Taylor was suspended from the school in 2009 and later dismissed. He said: “The school is relieved the matter is finally closed.”