An ‘alternative’ private school is facing a £100,000 compensation bill after ignoring a whistle-blowing teacher’s complaint that her daughter had been assaulted.Oh, boy! This’ll be good!
Jo Sawfoot, 42, worked at the fashionable Steiner school – where exams are considered harmful and pupils learn through gardening and playing with wooden blocks.It seems her daughter was less than a little angel, and some teachers only paid lip service to the school’s ‘hands off’ policy.
Her six-year-old daughter was also a pupil at the school.
Miss Sawfoot claimed she was regarded as an ‘irritant’ at the school, giving her no option other than to resign and educate her child elsewhere.And then claim a huge payout..
In May 2009 she complained that Miss Letts had grabbed her daughter by the arm after the child had refused to move. The child was left in pain by the ‘assault’, but the school failed to investigate – even though its policy stated that teachers should use physical restraint only as a last resort.Maybe this was a last resort? Short of giving the little sweetie a shove?
And the next month, when school administrator Sandie Tolhurst reported the incident to social services, she claimed the girl was restrained for biting Miss Letts – whereas Miss Sawfoot claimed her daughter bit the teacher because she was being held.Oh, well, that’s OK then?!
Employment Judge John Warren criticised the school for its ‘failure to investigate her grievance, and misrepresentations to social services’.In other words ‘It’s payday!’
Speaking after the judgment, Miss Sawfoot said: ‘I am still passionately committed to the Steiner movement.Sweetie, your little horror bit an adult in a position of authority.
‘But my grievance was swept under the carpet by the school. Instead, I was subjected to a hostile working environment. They labelled me a bad parent and then a bad teacher.’
Do you really think that makes you a good mother..?