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£174,000 for teacher's legal battle

A TEACHER struck off twice for incompetence has lodged a third bid to save her career, in a case that has already cost the profession's regulators £174,000.

Janet Garner has lodged a bid at the Court of Session to overturn the General Teaching Council for Scotland's (GTCS) decision to strike her off. Previous GTCS hearings, which lasted 36 days in total, were told Ms Garner was so incompetent an entire top-set maths class failed a test, and one colleague described her classroom as a "battleground".

The latest development in the battle between the maths teacher, who taught at Alva and Alloa Academies in Clackmannanshire, came to light in a Freedom of Information request to the GTCS. Legal bills and other costs have amounted to £174,000 so far - around 30 times the usual amount - not including staff time.

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