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EX-HEAD OF SUNDERLAND SCHOOL LOSES UNFAIR DISMISSAL CASE

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A former primary school headteahcer who claimed she was forced out of her job has lost her industrial tribunal case...
A former primary school headteahcer who claimed she was forced out of her job has lost her industrial tribunal case against Sunderland City Council, reports The Journal.

Daphne Donkin resigned from the headship of High Unsworth Infants School in October 1997, amid allegations about her management style.

But she claimed her only option was to leave after becoming the victim of a conspiracy.

However, in a unanimous conclusion, the tribunal found: 'Mrs Donkin failed to realise that it was her attitude which was affecting her relationship with staff.

'Strenuous efforts were made by the LEA officers to bring Mrs Donkin to understand this but she resolutely refused to do so.'

It concluded that the situation had become so intolerable and the relationship between the head and staff so bad that 'staff were likely to resign thus causing immense problems to the teaching of children'.

A spokesman for the council said: 'We are please that the appeal has been dismissed and that the actions of the school governors and the LEA have been vindicated. Among its significant findings, the tribunal found the both governors and the LEA had provided Mrs Donkin with as much advice and support as they possibly could. The LEA would hope that the school can now move on from this difficult episode.'

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