Parents Hounded Me out, Says Head in Discipline Row

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Parents Hounded Me out, Says Head in Discipline Row


Byline: ED JOHNSON

A HEADTEACHER who resigned from a Scottish primary school after claims that pupils were running wild has blamed parents for engineering her downfall.

Rena Black, 49, former headteacher at Clackmannan Primary School, Clackmannanshire, accused the villagers of rejecting her ideas because she was not local.

She hit back as an inspector's report on the school, published today was expected to criticise her leadership skills.

Mrs Black's controversial ideas included offering children sent to her office for discipline cups of tea and sending unruly youngsters outside to kick a ball until they calmed down.

But Mrs Black, from Glasgow, claims a group of parents led a deliberate campaign against her, ending in her resignation in May.

The HMI report is expected to highlight flawed management at the school.

It is believed Mrs Black has received 'unsatisfactory' - the lowest possible grading - for leadership and for assessment and direction of children's work.

In 12 other areas the school is believed to be judged only fair, with eight 'goods' and not a single 'very good'.

The report, however, is thought to stop short of a damning condemnation of the school, and will praise staff commitment and the infant department.

Mrs Black, who has been a headteacher for 14 years, told the Times Educational Supplement in her only interview since she left the post: 'There was a deliberate campaign to denigrate not just myself but the school.

'I love my school and I love my kids. All of a sudden I am nothing.

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