Questions to be asked of GTC

I WAS concerned to read the article headed "Incompetence case thrown out" (TES, January 25) as it implies that the basis of the decision by the General Teaching Council for England was that the teacher had not been told of concerns about his performance.

As you mention, this teacher had been employed at King Edward VI school in Stratford-upon-Avon, a school maintained by this authority. I wish to make it clear that the school and LEA do not take lightly their responsibilities regarding staffing matters and make every effort to ensure that their policies and procedures are followed properly. For the record, the school's head had formally taken up with the teacher his concerns about his performance well before the teacher chose to resign.

I am still seeking further clarification of the basis of the professional competence committee's decision and, in the absence of any firm information from the GTC, I believe there are serious questions raised about the process followed.

Eric Wood County education officer Warwickshire County Council

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