Tough New Rules to Boot out Bad Teachers

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NEW measures aimed at forcing incompetent teachers out of the profession were unveiled by the Government yesterday.

The proposals would prevent teachers who are sacked from simply applying for a job in another part of Scotland.

They will be struck off the register, making it impossible for them to find another post.

Education minister Sam Galbraith insisted yesterday that only a "small number" failed to meet required standards. But he added that new powers are needed to remove the worst performers from the classroom.

The new powers give the General Teaching Council, the professional body responsible for governing teachers' conduct, a stronger hand.

Previously, teachers could only be struck off if they received a criminal conviction or were guilty of improper behaviour in the classroom.

However, those who were sacked for other reasons could simply take a job with a different education authority.

Others escaped sanction by quitting before an investigation into allegations of incompetence could take place.

In future, the GTC will be able to investigate and strike off teachers suspected of poor performance. …