Teacher wins her case but loses job

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A dance teacher yesterday won her claim for unfair dismissal against the Royal Ballet School - but she will not get her job back.

Ms Linda Goss had alleged that she was fired in 1996 because she repeatedly alleged that children were bullied and mocked by staff.

But an industrial tribunal in Croydon, south London, while agreeing that she was unfairly dismissed, said it was because the school needed to make changes in staff, not through victimisation after her complaints.

Ms Goss, 44, of Victoria Road, Dartmouth, Devon, asked for her old pounds 27,000- a-year job as a ballet teacher back. But the school refused, saying it would be "totally inappropriate" because she was no longer trusted because of the claims she had made.

The tribunal supported that view and instead she was awarded pounds 11,300 in compensation.

It had ruled that she was unfairly dismissed from the top school because staff had not discussed the matter with her or given any consideration to redeployment at the school.