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    I'm in A2 literature and my teacher turned out to not teach well, for example he made us do power points and read through articles rather than analysis the texts. I had complained and I wanted to move teachers to my AS teacher I had last year. With this teacher i had gotten an A and wanted to continue to do well. Once they transferred my over, they kept on trying to move me back- saying he was a great teacher and I was immature to leave. By this time I had already transferred and thought it stupid to go back so I fought and I'm staying. I've been though this before with my AS history teacher (I think I made a post on it) and I ended up failing her class but passing with the new history teacher- so I think I can tell what teaching style is for me. Do you think I was right to leave? I was the only one who could, but everybody does want to leave.

    If you feel you made the right decision then you probably did. The teachers teaching style does sound a bit... ****, to be quite honest.

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    It's your future, and if you can you should do what suits you best AND shows it in results, which you seem to have done, you are going on results not just who you like. That's vital!

    Schools can be poor at recognising teachers who just don't do as well as they should but aren't bad enough to fire. It can be hard for them to do ANYTHING so they kind of stick their heads in the sand. I changed schools to escape a bad A level history teacher we had complained about to no avail, got an A while my classmates back at my old school got Bs and Cs, and there were many in that class brighter and harder working than me.

    Now as a parent, I am blunt ALMOST to the point of rudeness with schools about poor teachers. When it came to one A level subject in my kids school this year I asked flatly "Is X teaching it, because that would affect whether they take that subject at all" (as my less-blunt teen writhed in embarrassment next to me, though they desperately wanted to know the answer) and the careful reply I got was "X is not teaching A level at all from now on." Which means the school knows X is sub-par, X surely must know X is sub par, but X is still teaching. I suppose the school could be said to be in the wrong for not tackling the situation, but it's extremely hard for them - and to be fair, the rules that make it hard are there to protect teachers from being picked on by bullying heads, because anyone, in any position, is potentially flawed.

    Evidence (though never 100% conclusive in just one case) will be in the results, if you do better than the ones who stayed with the other teacher, you ought to go back to the school and say "I think the results show you have a problem in this teacher." Even if a poor teacher can't be improved (best scenario) or got rid of, they should be kept away from the most important years. I'm pretty sure in our school X was removed from A levels because forthright parents and A level students complained.
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    Thanks for the responses 😊 I've already made my decision so I should stand by it- for my futures sake. I do understand how difficult it might be to change the rules, but sometimes they need to be changed for the better. Hopefully everything will turn out alright. Thanks again, hearing other peoples opinions helps me cope in these situations
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