South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway maths teacher struck off

Maths teacher
Image caption The panel said Mr Nurney's methods must have "adversely affected" the education of many children

A Dumfries and Galloway maths teacher has been struck off after admitting to serious professional incompetence.

Christopher Nurney was found to have failed to plan coherent teaching programmes and maintain adequate discipline over a five-year period.

A disciplinary hearing concluded his methods "must have adversely affected the education of many children".

Mr Nurney accepted the charges against him and claimed ill health was the root cause of his poor teaching performance.

A General Teaching Council for Scotland panel heard he had resigned from his position after being called to appear in front of an internal school disciplinary hearing to assess his competence in June 2009.

The maths teacher - who was employed by Dumfries and Galloway Council - had been issued with a final written warning just days earlier, after his lessons were deemed to show "no clear evidence of planning".

'Inadequate skills'

His failure to control his classes led to "high noise levels" with "regular low level" disturbances being said to be a common occurrence.

Throughout the period between October 2005 and June 2010, Mr Nurney also failed to maintain an adequate standard of report writing and marking of pupils' work despite intensive support from colleagues.

The GTCS panel said: "The sub-committee decided to direct the registrar to remove the respondent's name from the register, and should be prohibited from applying for restoration to the register for a period of 12 months.

"Mr Nurney accepted that it was appropriate to remove his name from the register whilst he was on the path to recovery from ill-health that, it was submitted, had been at the root of his incompetence.

"Nevertheless, the serious professional incompetence had gone on for a long period of time and must have adversely affected the education of many children."

It noted that the problems had continued "despite support from his employer".

The panel added: "That being so, it is appropriate that Mr Nurney not re-apply for a period of at least twelve months whilst his treatment continues and he considers the respects in which his professional skills were inadequate."

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