• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Teacher 'affected life chances of pupils'

A TEACHER'S lesson plans were so bad they were "affecting pupils' life chances", a hearing was told.

Janice Ross, who taught on Barra in the Western Isles, allegedly made pupils read out loud from books for "weeks at a time".

She is also said to have embarrassed and upset pupils by making a reference to condom manufacture, having "teacher's pets" and reading exam results out to the whole class.

Pupils at Castlebay School reported the English department, of which Mrs Ross was head, to a local councillor.

Mrs Ross, who was sacked by Western Isles Council, faces dozens of charges from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) relating to her conduct and competence.

She did not attend the start of a disciplinary hearing this week, and was not represented, but said she "refutes" the allegations.

The head of children's services at Western Isles Council, Bernard Chisholm, told the hearing he was called in to help the school in 2008 following a damning inspection report.

He told the GTCS panel: "In my opinion this was all affecting the pupils' life chances."

The hearing, before a panel chaired by Dr Kerr Wilson, continues.

Contextual targeting label: 

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.