As with everything the ups and downs of life impact on a school’s ability to deliver their vision to pupils. The ideal is a school where all posts are filled by staff immune to both illness and the temptations of another job or promotion, but in the real world it is often supply teachers, employed directly from a school’s own group of regulars or from an agency, who are called upon to fill in gaps on a long term or ad hoc basis. Most schools would describe their “supply experience” as chequered; illustrated with stories of both horror and heroism. Much has been made of a school’s expectations of supply teachers, reinforced by safeguarding legislation and the competitive nature of both academy and agency markets, but what about a school’s statutory, professional and pastoral responsibilities towards them? A supply teacher arrives at a school when it is at its most hectic; often met by an administrator who is juggling with staff issues, pupil illness and a telephone that never stops ringing. Although we can all relate to this it is no excuse as if you demand a professional you must be professional too.
A loophole in The Equality Act 2010 that allowed schools to disproportionately exclude more pupils with SEND for being violent (even though their behaviour may have been a direct consequence of or affected by their disability) on the grounds that they did not have to make reasonable adjustments for disabled children when they have a tendency to physical abuse even when that behaviour is down to a lack of appropriate support has been closed. The Equality Act 2010 states that an impairment not deemed to be a disability is a, “tendency to physical or sexual abuse of other persons”. Some schools had argued that the tendency to physical abuse of others is not regarded as an impairment under The Equality Act 2010 so pupils could be excluded.
Read this month's contributions to educational compliance magazine Compliance Matters from Handsam Ltd. A Valued Judgement on Assessment Are you working for assessment or making assessment work for you? The problem was that the schools responded to Government demands by producing ever more perceived "clever" evidence of the act of assessing rather than the practical... Continue Reading →
It is perhaps unfair to those who conquer mountains, rescue innocents and take on great roles to say that it takes guts to convert a ruin, but each achievement has a context and so in its own little world the conversion of our barn can be one. According to the dictionary having guts is defined... Continue Reading →