It's been through that point. Lots of sensible posts in the first 2 pages along the lines of 'Find an activity you can do together, speak to the child and ask them what's going on'.
Woopert then chimed in with 'Be as much of a ******** as physically possible', I responded with 'Don't be a ******** until you know it's justified' and it's gone from there.
or you could view it as:
lots of good advice about diverting activities for said child, followed by advice that says don't take the school's word as gospel and come to your own conclusions based on more sources of evidence that just the teachers', if it turns out the school is closing ranks and doubling down, the act and know what you can do and what your rights are, while being realistic in the expectation that the school/HT will act like one of the last feudal Lords of the Manor who only doesn't insist not only on your fielty but a bit of driot de seigneur because that kind of thing is frowned on when the news papers find out (see the Teachers at it again thread).
I could characterise your response as "all kids are lying cnuts and teachers all are blameless".
I'll pick a couple of your points for quick reply though:
- you'd be one of about the 0.0000000001% of teachers who would subject themselves to Chartered Status without being compelled on account of the institutional mentality of teachers that they are above such grubbiness (that starts with the left wing nutters who teach and train them). It would work in academies in the same way it works for me - to call myself a Chartered Surveyor and practice as such (irrespective of who employs me) I have to have MRICS after my name. No Member of the Chartered Institute of Teaching after your name, no teaching job and no legal right to call yourself a "teacher" no matter who employs you. It could work, it would just take a Royal Charter, a little bit of legislation, and the political will to fight "The Blob"
- some kids are cnuts. There's on in my eldest daughter's year who is a right one, yet somehow seems to survive unscathed with endless bending over backwards when any other school would have hoofed her (sorry, "them", decided it was non-binary or some made up unicorn gender a few weeks ago to give the school the randomfuckabout). I'm not saying don't deal with that, just do it properly and procedurally like I have to when sacking someone for being a cnut. The problem is, HTs beliving that the rules don't apply to them and then tieing themselves up in knots when either they get it wrong and are then forced to backtrack due to a legal challenge or they apply one rule for one and a different rule for someone else.
- have asked/offered and she wants to stay to end of GCSEs but will be moving for A Levels.