Lost on fast track;Opinion
We do not know either how far this 3,000 and OFSTED's 15,000 overlap. Ted Wragg's research into cases of incompetency found inspectors' verdicts far less likely to result in action than complaints by pupils, parents or other teachers.
We do know that 600 of the 3,000 are no longer teaching: 200 others improved enough to avoid this. A further 400 have yet to learn their fate. How many of the 1,800 who never progressed beyond the informal stage simply took the hint and left, or improved sufficiently to redeem themselves, we cannot tell. But what does emerge is that, after all the ministerial hoohah, only 30 cases have so far been recorded under the new fast track procedure to professional oblivion.