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PATTEN REPRIMANDED OVER FAILING TO ACT ON GMS SCHOOL SACKING

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The High Court reprimanded Education Secretary John Patten yesterday for failing to act in the case of a teacher di...
The High Court reprimanded Education Secretary John Patten yesterday for failing to act in the case of a teacher dismissed by a grant maintained school, the Guardian reports (p5).

The paper says a High Court judge criticised Mr Patten expressing grave regret that it had taken the minister nearly a year to respond to the teacher's complaint.

Mr Patten had found that he dismissal of long serving Rob Prior from his job as a teacher at Claremont School in Brent had been unlawful but had failed to require the governors to remedy the injustice.

Nigel De Gruchy, general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, said the ruling would force the Education Secretary to at least intervene and act accordingly when grant maintained schools get it wrong.
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