Two-year ban for primary man with no class control

26th June 2009 at 01:00
Teacher banned from teaching for two years because of professional incompetence

A teacher who forced a seven-year-old pupil with brittle bones to stand in a corner for seven minutes has been banned from teaching for two years.

Russell Doddington, formerly a teacher at Undy Primary in Monmouthshire, did not follow the school's behaviour policy and could not control his class, a General Teaching Council for Wales panel heard this week.

He repeatedly failed to mark coursework, keep achievement records or set varied work for pupils of different abilities, the panel was told. It found him guilty of serious professional incompetence at the hearing in Cardiff and imposed a two-year prohibition order banning him from teaching.

In a written statement, Mark Gunn, head of Undy Primary, said Mr Doddington's teaching fell short of what was expected of a teacher of his 13 years' experience.

The statement listed concerns about Mr Doddington's performance dating back to 2002.

Mr Gunn said Mr Doddington had not made any serious efforts to improve his performance and on one occasion, when asked to justify his behaviour, had replied: "Anyone would think this was worse than the Holocaust."

A 2007 inspection by Monmouthshire education authority also flagged up the lack of progress among Mr Doddington's pupils.

According to a written statement from Sue Boucher, Monmouthshire's personnel officer for lifelong learning, Mr Doddington said he kept a record of what each child was achieving "in (his) head".

In summing up the council's decision, panel chair Gareth Jones said there was evidence that pupils' progress had been affected. "There was no evidence of a willingness to respond positively to professional development or training," he added.

Mr Doddington resigned in September and was not present at the hearing. In a written statement, he said he had no intention of returning to teaching.

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