Process delays leave bad teachers in post for years

‘Interminable’ wait for failing staff to be dealt with prompts heads’ body to speak up

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National education bodies in Scotland are usually reluctant to talk about bad teachers. They fear that focusing on a handful of bad apples would give a distorted impression of a workforce that all say is overwhelmingly dedicated and professional.

Privately, however, school leaders and other senior figures in Scottish education have often shared their frustration at the difficultly of removing bad teachers from schools – and from the profession altogether.

Now, one national body is very publicly raising concerns that it can take longer than two-and-a-half years for an incompetent teacher to be ...

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