Monday, April 29, 2013

BBC News - Helen Mann inquest: Head teacher 'worried over Ofsted review'

BBC News - Helen Mann inquest: Head teacher 'worried over Ofsted review': "A head teacher found dead at her school was concerned it would lose its top Ofsted rating, an inquest has heard.

Helen Mann, 43, was found hanged at Sytchampton Endowed First School, near Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, in November.

Mrs Mann had been head of the school for less than six months when she died.

The inquest in Stourport was told Mrs Mann was appointed after the school had been without a permanent head teacher for five terms."

'Looked dreadful'
Dr Galt said the employment issue was "not of her making" and Mrs Mann found the hearing "very difficult".
"A claim for unfair dismissal was made and had to be dealt with and that weighed heavily on her," Dr Galt told the hearing.
The inquest was told the school, through the Local Education Authority lawyers, reached an out-of-court settlement with Miss Mercer in October last year.

Jacqueline Stanley, a teaching assistant, described how ill Mrs Mann looked when she came into the school to discuss her return after the half-term period.

"She looked dreadful - it was lovely to see her but she looked so ill.
"My thoughts were 'Oh my goodness you shouldn't be coming back to work'," she told the inquest.
Marguerite Elcock, Deputy Coroner for Worcestershire, adjourned the hearing until Tuesday.

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