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East Lancs headteacher blasts unruly pupils ‘revenge’ vow

Lancashire Telegraph: Arts teacher Steven Nuttall Arts teacher Steven Nuttall

AN arts teacher who is alleged to have pledged to take revenge on unruly students who disrupted a school insp-ection has been slammed by his head-teacher.

According to a social network page under his name, Steven Nuttall told his Facebook friends he would ‘enjoy dishing out payback’ to Fearns Comm-unity Sports College pupils who had misbehaved during a two-day visit by Ofsted officials, on April 30 and May 1.

And a number of his colleagues eith-er ‘liked’ his status, or posted encour-aging comments.

Headteacher Nigel Dawson has cond-emned the teacher’s actions, and att-empted to reassure parents that the rem- arks are not representative of Fearns.

But a source close to the school, who alerted the Lancashire Telegraph to the postings, said: “The Facebook acc-ount was completely open, therefore accessible to the general public, incl-uding students and parents.”

The full mess-age reads: ‘Kick one, we all limp.... will enjoy the next 10 weeks dishing out pay-back to snidey lesson wreckers’.

His colleagues have posted mess- ages including ‘yeah’, ‘hell yeah’ and ‘do it’, after the post on April 30.

Mr Nuttall is well known at the Booth Road school as he is a qualified pilot, and has taken fellow teachers on free flights.The school’s last Ofsted visit in 2012 saw Fearns given a ‘sat-isfactory’ rating.

Headteacher Mr Dawson said: “It is extremely disappointing that these flippant comments have been made on social med-ia, and I must emphasise that they do not represent the views of the school in any way.

“We have not yet been form-ally notified of the result of our recent Ofsted inspection, so it would be premature to comm-ent at this stage.”

No-one at the school would confirm whether disciplinary action was being taken against Mr Nuttall.

The results of any Ofsted inspection are usually made public around three or four weeks after schools are visited.

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4:06pm Thu 8 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

I cannot believe how plain stupid some people are. For someone in such a position of responsibility to put that on social networking shows a huge degree of naivety.

In essence I totally agree with him but unfortunately in this soft @rse society we live a teacher can't put stuff like that on social networking and not expect to get reprimanded. Hope he just gets words of advice and doesn't lose his job.
I cannot believe how plain stupid some people are. For someone in such a position of responsibility to put that on social networking shows a huge degree of naivety. In essence I totally agree with him but unfortunately in this soft @rse society we live a teacher can't put stuff like that on social networking and not expect to get reprimanded. Hope he just gets words of advice and doesn't lose his job. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 28

4:12pm Thu 8 May 14

wilddog says...

well the kids have been warned now!
well the kids have been warned now! wilddog
  • Score: 13

4:32pm Thu 8 May 14

Angusam says...

Bring back the Cane and discipline in our schools. Sadly some of the youth of today are out of control and know how to play the system to their advantage when they are the ones in the wrong.

Kids need to know that there are rules as it makes them feel safe and the only way to do this is to make sure that they know that there are consequences for doing the wrong thing. This is something that many kids don't seem to bother about because there are no harsh consequences imposed these days due to the leniancy in the current system and there are also those who think they can reason with trouble makers who to be honest just need a harsh punishment for doing the wrong thing that is followed through with.
Bring back the Cane and discipline in our schools. Sadly some of the youth of today are out of control and know how to play the system to their advantage when they are the ones in the wrong. Kids need to know that there are rules as it makes them feel safe and the only way to do this is to make sure that they know that there are consequences for doing the wrong thing. This is something that many kids don't seem to bother about because there are no harsh consequences imposed these days due to the leniancy in the current system and there are also those who think they can reason with trouble makers who to be honest just need a harsh punishment for doing the wrong thing that is followed through with. Angusam
  • Score: 25

4:37pm Thu 8 May 14

slants says...

hope he gets sacked but i doubt it just be a saddo to post on facebook
hope he gets sacked but i doubt it just be a saddo to post on facebook slants
  • Score: -42

5:35pm Thu 8 May 14

Arturo Bandini says...

Always nice to see the so-called community newspaper sensationalising someone's joke in order to sell a few copies. Is it really the role of the local press to put hard-working public servants through the mill like this? How about getting some reporters out in the community, rather than just scouring Facebook for things to twist out of all proportion?
Always nice to see the so-called community newspaper sensationalising someone's joke in order to sell a few copies. Is it really the role of the local press to put hard-working public servants through the mill like this? How about getting some reporters out in the community, rather than just scouring Facebook for things to twist out of all proportion? Arturo Bandini
  • Score: 28

5:40pm Thu 8 May 14

burner says...

The point is that a teacher's salary NOW is linked to pupil progress or lack of it ( with other factors ) so any teacher is at the financial mercy of under-performing miscreants. . . . or pupils who do not use or understand correct English. Exams do not make allowances for pupils who are not able to understand implied language and its subtle nuances.
The point is that a teacher's salary NOW is linked to pupil progress or lack of it ( with other factors ) so any teacher is at the financial mercy of under-performing miscreants. . . . or pupils who do not use or understand correct English. Exams do not make allowances for pupils who are not able to understand implied language and its subtle nuances. burner
  • Score: 15

7:07pm Thu 8 May 14

Legal Beagle says...

"Exams do not make allowances for pupils who are not able to understand implied language and its subtle nuances."

I rather think that's the whole point of exams - to weed out such pupils. You might as well say we shouldn't have exams because they don't make allowances for pupils who are too thick to pass them!

One of the problems with academia these days is the absurd notion that everyone must `succeed'. It's an unfortunate fact of life that there are winners and losers, and it's a cruel deception to tell people who are not academically able that they are. This is why so many kids are being persuaded to go to so called `universities' (in reality technical colleges with pretensions) to obtain useless degrees at vast cost.

The saddest aspect of it is that because neither they nor their parents have any knowledge of academia they assume that all universities are much the same and that a graduate in TV Watching from Accrington University will be just as much in demand by employers as one with a First in Law from Cambridge. They are then left, disillusioned and saddled with debt, all because of myths peddled by the education system.

There's an old saying that's very true - "When everybody's somebody nobody's anybody".
"Exams do not make allowances for pupils who are not able to understand implied language and its subtle nuances." I rather think that's the whole point of exams - to weed out such pupils. You might as well say we shouldn't have exams because they don't make allowances for pupils who are too thick to pass them! One of the problems with academia these days is the absurd notion that everyone must `succeed'. It's an unfortunate fact of life that there are winners and losers, and it's a cruel deception to tell people who are not academically able that they are. This is why so many kids are being persuaded to go to so called `universities' (in reality technical colleges with pretensions) to obtain useless degrees at vast cost. The saddest aspect of it is that because neither they nor their parents have any knowledge of academia they assume that all universities are much the same and that a graduate in TV Watching from Accrington University will be just as much in demand by employers as one with a First in Law from Cambridge. They are then left, disillusioned and saddled with debt, all because of myths peddled by the education system. There's an old saying that's very true - "When everybody's somebody nobody's anybody". Legal Beagle
  • Score: 8

7:32pm Thu 8 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

Beagle, isn't it also fiction that degree courses at Accrington University are validated by other universities so that students can be confident that a first in noing-noing from Accrington is entirely as worthy as a first in noing-noing from Cambridge?
Beagle, isn't it also fiction that degree courses at Accrington University are validated by other universities so that students can be confident that a first in noing-noing from Accrington is entirely as worthy as a first in noing-noing from Cambridge? Graham Hartley
  • Score: 0

8:01pm Thu 8 May 14

wilddog says...

slants wrote:
hope he gets sacked but i doubt it just be a saddo to post on facebook
like a saddo posting on here eh? If the cap fits?
[quote][p][bold]slants[/bold] wrote: hope he gets sacked but i doubt it just be a saddo to post on facebook[/p][/quote]like a saddo posting on here eh? If the cap fits? wilddog
  • Score: 11

11:49pm Thu 8 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

This fellow uses his given name when proclaiming this or that in public. I, too, do that. It's much more satisfying than being Mrs Bedonebyasyoudid.
This fellow uses his given name when proclaiming this or that in public. I, too, do that. It's much more satisfying than being Mrs Bedonebyasyoudid. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 2

12:27am Fri 9 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

slants wrote:
hope he gets sacked but i doubt it just be a saddo to post on facebook
You're all heart.

Nob.
[quote][p][bold]slants[/bold] wrote: hope he gets sacked but i doubt it just be a saddo to post on facebook[/p][/quote]You're all heart. Nob. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 7

10:29am Fri 9 May 14

burner says...

Sorry Legal B, you have missed my point. I'm not talking about dumbing down. I refer to pupils who, at the end of KS1 and KS2 take English tests. They are infinitely bright academically but . . . because English is hardly spoken at home, their Grandparents speak only Urdu, they have zero chance of obtaining a good score. They have been learning English for a few years only and the questions are designed to probe their minute understanding of idio-syncratic English. They have a massive disadvantage. The school's results are therefore poor. The test is skewed towards a good understanding of inference. Teachers' pay progression is linked to these results. . . . .. . That is unfair !
Sorry Legal B, you have missed my point. I'm not talking about dumbing down. I refer to pupils who, at the end of KS1 and KS2 take English tests. They are infinitely bright academically but . . . because English is hardly spoken at home, their Grandparents speak only Urdu, they have zero chance of obtaining a good score. They have been learning English for a few years only and the questions are designed to probe their minute understanding of idio-syncratic English. They have a massive disadvantage. The school's results are therefore poor. The test is skewed towards a good understanding of inference. Teachers' pay progression is linked to these results. . . . .. . That is unfair ! burner
  • Score: 0

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