Pull the ladder up Jack!

17th November 2000 at 00:00
WHAT price professional integrity? The difficulties of recruitment are now so great that a person's word is no longer his or her bond, it seems.

Having hired a head of information and communication before the October 31 deadline, I was much relieved. Being fully-staffed for January came one step closer.

I spared a thought for my fellow headteacher, who would lose a staff member. I faced the same prospect as several of my teachers were being interviewed for jobs elsewhere.

Imagine my anger and frustration at receiving a phone cal on the 31st from my prospective head of ICT saying he had been offered a better job.

I asked whether the headteacher knew that he had already accepted a job with me and was advised that he did but it did not seem to matter.

The other head had adopted an "I'm all right Jack" approach. I recognise that the real issue is with the teacher who failed to fulfil his obligation. This is likely to occur more frequently as teachers hold the upper hand in the job market.

G Mayoh

Abbs Cross school



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