A PRIMARY school has launched an investigation after a video of its teachers swearing and joking about parents and pupils was accidentally posted on its website.
One teacher at Arden Primary School in Sparkhill, Birmingham, can be heard saying to the camera: “You f*****s get on.”
One teacher can be seen laughing at the joking
Another in the background appears to joke: “I’ll say that when the bell rings tomorrow morning.”
And then adds: “I’ll say that and there’ll be an email tomorrow morning saying (inaudible)they are threatening the families and now we’re swearing at them and abusing them.”
For the last few seconds of the clip, the first teacher looks at the camera and appears shocked and the laughter stops.
Teachers have been carrying out remote learning through a secure login and have been recording lessons for children which will be uploaded onto the website.
Whilst teachers were practising and training each other how to do it, the video was accidentally uploaded. It was taken down but somebody who saw it appears to have recorded it and made a version through TikTok which is being shared on social media.
The blunder comes as furious parents across the country have hit out at online lessons for children working from home – with some claiming teachers are only doing the register and reading stories over Zoom.
‘THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN’
The headteacher of the primary school, Gurjit Shergill, where kids are aged three to 11, has issued a letter to parents with a grovelling apology and the promise of a full investigation.
It reads: “The wording in this video is completely unacceptable and not a reflection of our school, staff and our ethos. I take this matter very seriously and I am working with our Chair of governors in carrying out a full internal investigation.
“I can say, at this point, that this will not happen again and I am extremely disappointed that this has happened.”
It adds: “I am sincerely sorry for any distress this may have caused and be assured that the staff involved are extremely remorseful, embarrassed and upset over what has happened.
“The teachers involved have already apologised to those few parents who had viewed it directly, before it was taken down.
‘I AM SINCERELY SORRY’
“I am sincerely sorry for any distress this may have caused and be assured that the staff involved are extremely remorseful, embarrassed and upset over what has happened.”
The school is rated good by Ofsted.
The video was quickly shared on social media, with one comment on TikTok saying: “Swearing at parents? Is that the behaviour we expect from teachers? Now we know what they really think of us.”
Another parent said: “This is shocking. We understand teachers want to have a laugh and joke and banter but this just makes them look unprofessional and reflects badly on the school.”
A spokeswoman for the school said it would not comment further.
Another teacher can be heard commenting in the background