underming authority, King Charles 1, general teaching council



on 30/09/2006

in Coventry News and Star

by Pam McClounie
undermining authority
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Joanne Sherry:

‘I would love to go back to teaching’

A TEACHER from Carlisle is celebrating after winning a five-year battle to clear her name.

Joanne Sherry, 50, who taught religious studies at Trinity School in Carlisle, and risked being banned from ever teaching again, was cleared of professional misconduct yesterday by the General Teaching Council (GTC) in Birmingham.

Minutes after the verdict Miss Sherry told the News & Star:

"I’m ecstatic. I’m in shock. I can’t believe it. For five years I said I didn’t do these things and for five years no-one listened to me.
I worked with some really horrible people and I just want to forget it all now."

Miss Sherry, who represented herself during the hearing in Birmingham, taught at the school on Strand Road for 16 years until her relationship with senior management broke down and she left.

She was hauled before the GTC accused of five serious allegations between 2000 and 2002. The hearing has taken 18 months to resolve the allegations, which included:

  • [various charges not clearly relevant or true]
  • leaving a class unattended on April 4, 2001 to go to Carlisle police station to make allegations against the school and its former head Mike Gibbons.

She was found guilty of the last allegation and was given a reprimand by the panel. This remains on her file for two years.

Sarah Bowie, chair of the GTC panel, said:

General Teaching Council: Don't Undermine Authority
“In criticising Mr Gibbons to the police, Miss Sherry demonstrated a deliberate intention to undermine Mr Gibbons’ authority. [1]

Such conduct also brings the reputation of the teaching profession into disrepute and her actions fell short of the standard expected of a registered teacher and is behaviour which involves a breach of the standards of propriety expected of the profession. We decided to issue you with a reprimand.”

Ms Bowie said the panel accepted Miss Sherry was suffering from stress but that she had previous good history as a teacher and there was no evidence her behaviour would have affected pupils.

They had seen “numerous testimonials” from colleagues, parents and former pupils praising Miss Sherry’s dedication, enthusiasm and ability to inspire pupils, she added.

Miss Sherry, who now works for the Court Service in Carlisle, has the right to appeal to the High Court against the reprimand.
She said:

“There I times when I really miss teaching and would love to go back – but who would employ me after all this?
I really don’t know what I’ll do. I need some time to think about it as I’m exhausted.”

Earlier this year she successfully sued her union – the National Union of Teachers – for failing to give her legal advice when she needed it. She plans to celebrate yesterday’s victory with her family.

should have gone to the General Teaching Council: Charles 1 didn't like undermining authority Reason for quoting this: Mr Gibbons'r right not to have the police called if he breaks the law and not to be seen as an equal human being by his pupils

The authority of headmaster Mr Mike Gibbon not to have the police called is stated by Charles 1 in his tribunal case, who didn't think in terms of laws but of what is modern, what is a good vanity project, what is appropriate or innapropriate, and what is "undermining authority":

"I do tell them so — England was never an elective kingdom but an hereditary kingdom for near these thousand years. Therefore, let me know by what authority I am called hither. I do stand more for the liberty of my people than any here that come to be my pretended judges. And therefore let me know by what lawful authority I am seated here, and I will answer it. Otherwise, I will not answer it."

He sounds quite a New Labour sort of man. He'd be funding the Olympics and the Millienium Dome now instead of schools and pensions, and he wouldn't be hereditary so much as an oligarch, chosen for office after a long career of being appropriate and not undermining authority himself.


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