Dec 1, 2010

Head teacher forced to apologise for error-laden report

A head teacher has been forced to apologise after a school report was sent to a parent containing 14 spelling and grammatical errors.

Head teacher forced to apologise for error-laden report
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The form tutor sent the ''shocking'' email to the parents of a pupil in her class at Gleed Girls' Technology College, in Spalding, Lincs.
Some of the mistakes seem to be typing errors made in haste, such as "requriements" and "everning".
But others, such as "boardering" and "occaisions" indicate a need for the teacher to be sent back to primary school.
The poorly written report also included a number of misplaced apostrophes.
The school report errors are revealed days after Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, called for teachers to clamp down on poor spelling and grammar.
Marie Clair, spokeswoman for the Plain English Campaign, said: ''I think this teacher should go back to school themselves – it is appalling.
''Teachers who do this should wear their own dunces hats when they make so many mistakes.
''If you are sending out a letter to parents it is unacceptable to have 14 errors. At the very least you should spell check the letter."
The pupil's mother, who has asked not to be named, said: ''What concerns me most is that this teacher is supposed to be responsible for raising my daughter's educational standards.
''If her standards are that low, how can she expect my daughter's to be high?"
Liz Shawhulme, head teacher at the 800-pupil school, admitted there were ''no excuses'' for the spelling errors.
She said: ''As a responsible school we do encourage staff to contact parents either by phone, letter or email.
''I am, however, shocked by the number of mistakes, many of which appear to be typos, in this communication.
''It was obviously written in haste and not checked but this is no excuse and I will be contacting the parent to apologise personally.''
The all-girls school opened in 1941 as John Gleed Secondary Modern School for Girls with 300 pupils.
The school's website boasts a "trailblazing" institution which has an ''excellent reputation locally and nationally''.
 Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

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