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Teacher struck off for forging assessment

A NEW teacher has been struck off after dishonestly writing her own assessment report and describing her progress as "satisfactory".

Denise Holt falsely claimed a colleague had marked her report, the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) said.

Ms Holt, a communications and media teacher at Maxwellton High, Dumfries, wrote the report in November and December 2012.

She claimed she was confused about the paperwork but a GTCS panel found she had "undertaken a scheme of dishonesty".

Ms Holt admitted writing the Interim Report, which all probationer teachers are required to have, but denied she did so dishonestly.

She was qualified to teach communications and media but was probationer in business education, a fact she did not pass on to school bosses.

She completed her own Interim Report and attempted to get senior colleagues to sign it, but they refused as they had not monitored her teaching.

Ms Holt then sent the GTCS the unsigned report.

When the GTCS investigated in January 2013 she claimed another teacher had marked her progress as "satisfactory".

She told the GTCS she found the process of the flexible probationary service route confusing.

Panel convener Isobel Grieve said her explanation "lacked credibility" and she had "undertaken a scheme of dishonesty."

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Education

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