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Dismissing a member of staff for incompetence

What was the issue addressed?

We had to dismiss a member of staff because they could no longer fulfil their duties. The Local Authority HR department acted as an advocate for the staff member rather than an advisor to the GB.

What happened?

We had to take independent advice and then carefully work through the process to ultimately dismiss the staff member. This was a very slow and long winded process. Ultimately, the staff member was removed.

What lessons were learnt?

The key is to remain focused, follow the process exactly and remember to keep the matter confidential within the sub-committee dealing with the matter so that any potential appeal will not be tainted.

Reflections…

Has your governing body ever had to address a case of a poorly performing teacher?

What would your biggest concerns be about dismissing a member of school staff?

Have your say… Have you had experiences similar to these? What do you think about the situation described?

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