Schools Sack Sick Teachers; Dismissals Triple in Just One Year

Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England), January 23, 2009 | Go to article overview

Schools Sack Sick Teachers; Dismissals Triple in Just One Year


Byline: by BEN TURNER Education Reporter

THE number of Liverpool teachers sacked by their schools has tripled within a year - almost all due to ill health.

An ECHO investigation found a growing number of teachers across the city's schools are being formally dismissed because they are too sick to continue teaching.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed six teachers were permanently shown the door last year, only one for a disciplinary matter.

The remainder left on health grounds, ranging from long-term sickness to persistent back problems.

That compares to two dismissals in 2006-7 - one for ill health and the other for a breach of discipline.

Head teachers today insisted the ill-health dismissals were done with the blessing of staff and in keeping with government rules.

The government asks schools and occupational health experts to exhaust all avenues to try and help teachers stay in work, such as working less hours or doing lighter duties.

But, when a teacher is permanently incapable to teach, school bosses have to apply on their behalf to access ill-health pensions.

If the application is approved by government medical advisers, schools are told to formally sack staff. …

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