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Teacher awarded £70k for unfair dismissal

Teacher awarded £70k for unfair dismissal

An employment tribunal has granted a teacher more than £70,000 in compensation on the grounds of unfair dismissal.

Tracey Smith took legal action after losing her job at Aldine House in Dore - a specialist unit for children with behavioural issues - in May 2011 following a nine-month suspension, which was imposed, according to the Sheffield Council-managed institution, for a number of problems.

For instance, her employer alleged that the 43-year-old professional - who had 12 years' worth of experience in the education field before joining Aldine House in 2009 - did not get on with her colleagues and imposed an inappropriate punishment on a pupil who had misbehaved.

Furthermore, the school also claimed Ms Smith had contravened health and safety rules by pruning a tree in its premises - an allegation the teacher labelled "ridiculous".

The case has destroyed my career and I am pleased to have won. I believe the problems arose because I didn't get on with my line manager," she commented.

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Posted by Francesca Witney