Correspondence between Phillip Vere and Bolton College in the U.K. relating to problems arising from a Level 3 Art and Design course 2009-2010.
Phillip Vere 96 Withins Lane Bolton Lancashire BL2 5JF
The Principal Bolton College Manchester Road Bolton BL2 1ER BTEC NAT. CERT. ART & DESIGN (19+) 2009-2010
12 September 2009
Dear Ms Bannerman
I hope and trust that by now you have read my e-mail regarding staff bullying. I look forward to hearing of any disciplinary action taken. In view of my extremely unpleasant experiences of Pat Fleming and Dolores Logan I have been trying to make sense of their behaviour. Leaving aside the possibility that staff have been appointed who are temperamentally unsuited to the job, there is another possibility: that staff in this department are “working to rule”. This hypothesis is prompted by the fact that, in both encounters, when I approached the members of staff outside of teaching-session time, I was totally “blanked.”
This extremely upsetting phenomenon can be seen in a context where Schemes of Work have not been generated, class-work is left unmarked, and tutors are not maintaining a system for the storage and retrieval of students’ work. (Work handed in by myself is missing; during her “blanking” exercise Dolores Logan refused to answer my query about the system for retrieving work.) All of these necessary components require an input outside of teaching time. If staff are in fact “working to rule” then it is a matter of public concern. If this is not the case, then the issue becomes a matter of staff competence, in which case the deficiency should be recorded for the benefit of any future inspection. I am asking you therefore to give me a written account of the situation at Bolton College.
Copy to: Gill Woodcock, Head of Arts, Access, Education and Languages
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