Undercover Substitute Teacher Reprimanded for Covertly Filming School's Deficiencies

Substitute science teacher Alex Dolan took covert footage of students in London and Leeds to document and uncover deficiencies in the local school system.

And what did she get for her trouble? Why, she was found guilty of professional misconduct, of course! Didn't she ever heard of the adage "no good deeds go unpunished?"

Alex Dolan recorded the footage covertly at four schools in London and Leeds in 2005, exposing apparent attempts by the school to dupe Ofsted inspectors.

A General Teaching Council panel found her guilty of taking advantage of pupils, breaching their trust – and that of colleagues – and abusing her position.

Dolan was praised at a hearing of the panel last week for showing integrity, and acting as a whistleblower to expose conditions in the schools in which she had taught.

But in its judgment, the panel said it did not accept that the public interest issues raised by the film Undercover Teacher justified the use of covert filming.

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I agree with sadtomato. Kids ALWAYS give substitute teachers a hard time. A teacher calls in sick at the last moment and the school secretary doesn't know the lessen the sick teacher had planned?! Ohmigosh - chaos! The sub has to wing it - the school system is coming to an end! I thought this was silly and agreed with the findings of the board.
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Did I read that right? An official body in the U.K. is complaining about surveillance?
I thought they really liked that kind of thing.

I suppose perhaps this is another case of "taking pictures = terrorism", though, which might explain it...
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Cry me a river. This is what substitute teaching is like. Nothing in that video was anything I had not heard or experienced as a teacher on call.

I will admit that this 'special measures' policy seems crazy. It can only make things worse at the school, not better.
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