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Is this PE teacher a nutter or am I over-reacting?

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Disputandum Wed 28-Sep-11 16:59:40

DD, in Y8/age 13, came home today regaling me with 'humorous' tales of what had happened in her PE lesson this morning.

To summarise - teacher told one child he was 'thick and crap at PE' (child was being cheeky), told two girls working together to go and sit down 'because you're crap', told another boy to pull himself together after falling from equipment (he later fainted and was taken to hospital in a wheelchair, have since heard he had a dislocated shoulder) AND instigated an activity whereby the children worked in pairs to see how long they could stand on each other's backs on one foot. I am not sure whether this is normal practice or not but DD said her back 'cracked' so loudly that everyone turned to look and she is in pain this evening.

This teacher was off sick for a long time last year after similarly erratic behaviour, including making slow runners run forwards while everyone else ran backwards and laughing at them (DD was a mortified slow runner but I didn't complain, though other parents did).

So is this par for the course or would I be justified in contacting school about this?

Imnotaslimjim Wed 28-Sep-11 17:02:35

I would be speaking to the school if my DC had come home with these tales. It is not normal behaviour at all! Getting children to stand on each other? Not checking on a child after they've fallen from equipment? And using the language he did! Its not right and I'd be more than a bit cross about it

Hullygully Wed 28-Sep-11 17:03:18

They are all nutters.

But he sounds quite extreme.

AMumInScotland Wed 28-Sep-11 17:06:53

Not remotely normal, even for a PE teacher - they do have their share of "unusual characters" in PE teaching, but this goes way beyond that!

Disputandum Wed 28-Sep-11 17:33:32

OK that's what I thought...my memories of school PE are far from joyful and I do think that PE teachers have a justified reputation for being rather over-zealous sometimes, but think this one seems particularly barmy!

Right-o, will email or telephone tomorrow.

maddy68 Fri 30-Sep-11 11:57:57

I would make sure that these are FACTS and not kids exagerating before going in to school

CarrotsAreNotTheOnlyVegetables Fri 30-Sep-11 12:35:30

Good point maddy

chill1243 Fri 30-Sep-11 15:10:13

surely the language alone is enough to get the teacher investigated.

unfitmother Fri 30-Sep-11 15:17:54

Sounds like a nutter to me.

CrosswordAddict Fri 30-Sep-11 15:27:38

Disputandum Certainly follow up the injury to your daughter's back with the school.
TBH I would not mention any of the other complaints as they do not really concern you or your daughter. Don't cloud the issue! wink

YummyHoney Fri 30-Sep-11 19:20:13

Do you really need to ask? Clearly a nutter - but, also, I suspect, some exaggeration on DC's part.

Disputandum Fri 30-Sep-11 21:53:24

Ah well I didn't do any complaining at all in the end as about a dozen other parents got there before me (according to indiscrete friend in school office).

According to DD their PE lesson today was interrupted by the Deputy Head who asked to 'have a word' and the rest of their lesson was taken by someone else.

My plan had certainly only ever been to mention the 'standing on back' nonsense as felt that the other issues should really have been taken up by the parents of the children concerned, and it seems that they were.

Thanks for the advice though, hate having to complain about anything.

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