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Hi Guys

 

wonder if anyone is able to help?

 

Story, grab a cup of tea;) -

 

 

 

My girlfriend is a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) which involved a year at uni and some work experience placements. At the end of the year the NQT status will then be awarded and they are to get a job in a school as an NQT.

 

Ok, so my GF passes the academic year and also gets glowing references from the two placements. All looking good :)

 

She then starts her first "proper" job at a school as NQT status. The first term she is assessed and passed and told she is progressing well.

 

Second term for whatever reason, my GF and her Head Teacher (HT) start having a major personaility clash. This ends up with my GF being signed off with stress and nearly breaking us up. My GF then gets the union involved who negotiate her early release from this job (effectivley resigns). The HT then trys to fail my GFs second term which would have effectivley ended her teaching carear. The union step in and point out that my GF hasn't been at school long enough and correct procedures have not been followed by the school - so no fail or pass can be awarded, term is null and void. The NQT status is kept and so, we thought, was the hope of a teaching carear.

 

 

My GF starts applying for temporary teaching jobs once the signed-off period is finished and she feels happier. Agencies start coming back with unable to find work however, one has explained the reference is less than complimentary. They are also unwilling to share the reference with her due to confidentiality rules. The agency have also spoken the London Education Agency(?) (LEA) rep who has been involved and they have urged the agency to try to find work for my GF stating that she deserves another chance - but its unlikely to happen.

 

Ok - so my question is, whats in the reference? We suspect she is putting in personal feeling and being overly unfair and harsh.

 

 

What we have done is had a friend make up a fictitious vacancy for his company (he's the MD) and request a reference - its a non teaching job sadly as he's an IT company. We are awaiting this back and hope this happens today/tomorrow.

 

What I would like to know is; can I/should I hit the original Agency and the school with a Subject Access Request highlighting the reference as an item of particular interest? Do you think this will really get the references back or will they be "lost"?

 

 

To give you an idea of what a nasty piece of work this HT is, this person had four members of staff in tears in one day in four seperate incidencies by shouting and bullying them. Sadly, none of the staff are willing to back this up.:x

 

 

 

Look forward to any ideas you might have to tackle this situation:)

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My OH is a teacher and my understanding of it is that you have 5 years to complete induction (NQT year = 3 terms), and you only fail if you do not pass your 3rd term. What standards does the head teacher say that your GF is missing?

 

If I was you I would head on over to the TES forum and post on their NQT section.

 

I found this re: references, on the ATL website

Job references

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look at referring this to the General Teaching Council when you have the evidence, I would not be surprised to hear of other complaint once you start the ball rolling.

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My OH is a teacher and my understanding of it is that you have 5 years to complete induction (NQT year = 3 terms), and you only fail if you do not pass your 3rd term. What standards does the head teacher say that your GF is missing?

 

If I was you I would head on over to the TES forum and post on their NQT section.

 

I found this re: references, on the ATL website

Job references

 

Hi can you post a link to the TES forum,

Andy

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My OH is a teacher and my understanding of it is that you have 5 years to complete induction (NQT year = 3 terms), and you only fail if you do not pass your 3rd term. What standards does the head teacher say that your GF is missing?

 

If I was you I would head on over to the TES forum and post on their NQT section.

 

I found this re: references, on the ATL website

Job references

 

Maybe your other half is a "proper teacher" rather than mine who plays with little kids (ages 4 to 8 ish?).:D

 

 

edit: you mean these forums? www.tes.co.uk/Forums.aspx

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Ment as a light hearted joke, sorry it was offensive to you.

 

 

lol never offended me, just pointing out all their jobs are hard. :D

 

Mine is a secondary teacher, teaches the big kiddies, he spent a few weeks teaching primary and he reckons they are worse. :shock:

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Seems from other forums that an SAR to the agency is the way to go. It appears that an SAR to the school itself will allow them to not include references however, the agency has no such defence if it can affect further employment.

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I'm not sure that the referee has to suppy a copy of the confidential reference under the SAR but I think that the recipent of the referee may well have to.

 

I would suggest serving an SAR on anyschool which has turned her down. She wants to ask for all personal data which they hold on her in any forum.

 

Also, start gathering all of your evidence here. try to work with the Union but be aware that Unions are often very well-intentioned but they don't often have the energy or the enthusiasm to make the running. Kepp control of the issus. carry out the investigation yourself and keep the union informed and ask them to help.

 

You may be talking about defamation here and the limitation is short - 1 year from the date that the cause of action accrued - in this case, the date of sending the reference.

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I'm not sure that the referee has to suppy a copy of the confidential reference under the SAR but I think that the recipent of the referee may well have to.

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indeed that is the case, the agency in this case are pretty much bound to respond with the reference

 

ICO guidlines on references:

 

Recommended good practice

 

In most circumstances, you should provide the information in a reference, or at least a substantial part of it, to the person it is about if they ask for it. Even if the referee refuses consent, this will not necessarily justify withholding the information, particularly where this has had a significant impact on the individual, such as preventing them from taking up a provisional job offer. However, there may be circumstances where it would not be appropriate for you to release a reference, such as where there is a realistic threat of violence or intimidation by the individual towards the referee.

 

Taken from: http://redirectingat.com/?id=223X354&url=http%3A//www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/library/data_protection/practical_application/references_v1.0_final.pdf

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