Beeb's 'incompetent' teachers barb provokes ire and empathy

16th July 2010 at 01:00

Recently in my career I have moved to the primary sector. Here I have seen more incompentent teaching than I thought possible - children racing down corridors while the teacher carried on with her lesson, seemingly or deliberately oblivious. I even witnessed four Year 3 pupils fighting in a classroom at lunch because their teacher had to leave to go somewhere for the weekend!

There are too many incompetent teachers; they drag us down and make us look bad.

Is it all their fault? No. Correct support measures are rarely used and the senior management teams rarely give the time necessary to help these people before situations escalate. Should they be made to leave? Yes, if the correct measures have been followed and they are still not up to scratch.

Sparky1985, Primary teacher, from the TES website (

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