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Teachers at Belfast's De La Salle college urged to 'consider positions'

By Staff Reporter

All 76 teachers at a troubled school in Belfast have been asked to “consider their positions”, it has emerged.

The Board of Governors at De La Salle College has written to the staff in response to a letter signed by 28 teachers they claim was critical of school inspectors and the acting principal and vice principal, the BBC reported.

In the governors’ letter, they allege that “comments regarding the acting principal and vice principal” were “totally unacceptable and potentially libellous”.

The letter also said that there is “resistance to improvements by a small group of staff who consider they have no obligation or responsibility for the difficulties which the school has encountered”.

It ended by inviting teachers who feel “that they do not have the qualities or commitment necessary to professionally address the obvious deficiencies in the school” to “carefully consider their position”.

Earlier this week, a damning report by inspectors has said school safeguarding arrangements are “unsatisfactory and do not adequately reflect guidance issued”.

The Education Training Inspectorate also revealed that the staff were absent for an average of 40 days each in 2015/16. It added that “a culture of intimidation and bullying had existed in the school which led to staff being vulnerable and stressed”.

Last week, the Concerned Parents of De La Salle group said they were “horrified” after claims that up to seven teachers were being made redundant.

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