Geography teacher cleared of raping private school pupil whose family hired investigator – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 26th, 2016 in news, private investigators, rape, teachers by sally

‘A private school geography teacher has been cleared of the rape of a schoolgirl whose family hired a former top policewoman to help investigate the case.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th July 2016

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Failure to report child abuse could lead to jail, consultation says – The Guardian

‘School caretakers, secretaries and dinner ladies could face prosecution and possible imprisonment for failing to report signs of child abuse or neglect under official proposals in the wake of the Savile, Rotherham and Rochdale scandals.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2016

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Head Teacher’s Safeguarding responsibilities – Employment Law Blog

‘A v B Local Authority and C Governing Body of School [2016] EWCA Civ 766 is concerned with whether an ET had been entitled to find that a Head Teacher of a primary school had been fairly summarily dismissed for gross misconduct, i.e. putting the safety of children at risk, for failing to disclose to the school authorities her close personal relationship with a male (IS) convicted of making indecent images of children by downloading them onto his computer. The ET’s finding was upheld by the EAT (Wilkie J presiding) and has now been upheld by a majority in the Court of Appeal (Black and Floyd LJJ). Elias LJ dissented.’

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Employment Law Blog, 20th July 2016

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Private tutors ‘must face criminal records checks’ – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2016 in children, criminal records, disclosure, education, news, teachers by sally

‘All self-employed tutors should be legally required to have a criminal records check before they can offer private lessons to children in the UK, children’s charity the NSPCC says.’

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BBC News, 13th July 2016

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Once a Professional, Always a Professional – Littleton Chambers

‘Many professions, for example doctors, lawyers etc require individuals to register and maintain a practising certificate in order to practice. Others do not. This can be a key difference when it comes to considering the jurisdiction of their regulator.’

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Littleton Chambers, 7th June 2016

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Alsaifi v Secretary of State for Education [2016] EWHC 1519 (Admin) – WLR Daily

Alsaifi v Secretary of State for Education [2016] EWHC 1519 (Admin)

‘In August 2013 the appellant was engaged on an hourly paid fixed term contract as a lecturer by a further education establishment. In November 2013 he was suspended from work, pending the outcome of an internal investigation, following a complaint of alleged inappropriate behaviour by the appellant towards a part-time 17-year-old learner in his class. The appellant resigned before the conclusion of the internal disciplinary hearing. In May 2015 allegations of unacceptable professional conduct in relation to the complaint were formally referred to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (“NCTL”) on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education. At that time there was no evidence that the appellant was teaching or engaged to teach anywhere. In February 2016 a professional conduct panel of the NCTL found the appellant guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and recommended that the Secretary of State impose an indefinite prohibition order. The NCTL later became aware that the appellant had worked as a school teacher from January to March 2016, ceasing a few days before he received the prohibition order. ‘

WLR Daily, 29th June 2016

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They think they’ve got away: How to catch a historical sex offender – BBC News

‘Sex offenders think they’ll get away with it. And often they do. Sometimes it can take years to bring them to justice, while others escape retribution altogether. So how do you go about making sure perpetrators of horrendous crimes committed in the distant past are caught and convicted?’

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BBC News, 20th June 2016

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Would mandatory reporting help stop child abuse? – The Guardian

‘The proposal to introduce mandatory reporting in the victims of crime bill has divided opinion – an objective discussion is needed.’

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The Guardian, 6th June 2016

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Deputy head jailed for indecent images of children – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2016 in indecent photographs of children, news, sentencing, teachers by tracey

‘The deputy head of a fee-paying Catholic school in London has been jailed for 33 months for possessing extreme images of child abuse.’

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BBC News, 5th May 2016

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Teaching human rights in schools: ‘Who am I to say that democracy is the right way? – OUP Blog

Posted April 4th, 2016 in bias, education, human rights, media, news, school children, teachers by sally

‘“What could very easily happen with teaching about human rights is indoctrination…so let’s say someone says that racism isn’t wrong. Okay, so what would happen is that ‘racism is wrong. You have to learn it’. That’s the way it would be taught… Actually, I think a debate around that is needed, because I don’t think you can say that intrinsically racism is wrong. You can say that as a society, we’ve formed a set of values that have concluded that racism is wrong.”

When a primary school teacher says something like this to you as a researcher, it makes you sit up and take notice. Whilst it would be comforting to think that this is simply the isolated perspective of one wayward teacher, my research into teachers’ perceptions of educating primary school children about human rights was punctuated by similarly troubling viewpoints. One teacher found it difficult to talk about the atrocities that happened at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp without telling the children in her classroom that “this is the most heinous crime ever imagined”, following this up with “and you can’t do that, so it’s very difficult.” Another was loathe to teach that democracy was “the right way,” because she didn’t want to influence, but rather to simply “open children’s eyes.” Her final comment on this issue being “who am I to say that democracy is the right way?”’

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OUP Blog, 4th April 2016

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Routine use of council gagging orders ‘leaves Britain open to corruption’ – The Independent

‘The UK has left itself open to corruption at the heart of local government, transparency campaigners warned, after it emerged that council workers have been routinely issued with gagging orders when they left public service.’

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The Independent, 3rd April 2016

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Educational Excellence Everywhere? – Education Law Blog

‘The dust has started to settle on the Government’s education white paper: educational excellence everywhere. After a relatively slow start, the number of newspaper articles and interest on social media has picked up.’

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Education Law Blog, 26th March 2016

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Government seeks High Court ban on sixth-form strike plan – BBC News

Posted March 14th, 2016 in budgets, education, industrial action, news, statistics, teachers, trade unions by sally

‘Strike plans by sixth-form college teachers are “unlawful”, the government will argue in the High Court later.’

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BBC News, 14th March 2016

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Government ad ‘ridiculed’ for claiming teachers can earn £65,000 is cleared – The Guardian

Posted March 9th, 2016 in advertising, complaints, news, remuneration, teachers by tracey

‘A government TV ad that said that “great” teachers can make up to £65,000 per year has been cleared, despite 140 complaints that it misrepresented potential salaries.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2016

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Hampshire teacher jailed for sex offences against girls – BBC News

‘A junior school teacher who committed a series of “disgusting and appalling” sexual offences against nine girls has been jailed for three years.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2016

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Wearing the veil in schools: the debate continues – Education Law Blog

Posted January 27th, 2016 in education, human rights, Islam, news, school children, school exclusions, teachers by sally

‘Last week the Prime Minister entered into the debate on the wearing of veils by Muslim women in schools. This week, it is the turn of the Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshire. The Chief Inspector has said that:

“The Prime Minister and Secretary of State are right to give their backing to schools and other institutions which insist on removing face coverings when it makes sense to do so.’

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Education Law Blog, 27th January 2016

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Can schools ban the veil? – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2016 in education, human rights, Islam, news, school children, school exclusions, teachers by sally

‘No-one knows how many adult women in the UK wear the full face covering known as the niqab.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2016

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Full inquest to be held for murdered teacher Ann Maguire – BBC News

Posted January 26th, 2016 in inquests, murder, news, teachers by sally

‘A coroner is to hold a full inquest into the death of a Leeds school teacher murdered in her own classroom.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2016

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‘Trojan horse’ headteacher receives lifetime ban for professional misconduct – The Guardian

‘A headteacher who was accused of misconduct in the so-called Trojan horse scandal in Birmingham has been banned indefinitely from teaching after being found guilty of professional misconduct.’
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The Guardian, 4th January 2016

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That’s Entertainment? The Anonymity of Arrestees and the Law – Doughty Street

‘Last week, The Mirror reported that John Leslie was being questioned by police in connection with an alleged sexual assault. The report contained photographs of the police with evidence bags outside Leslie’s house. The Mirror reminded its readers of allegations made against the former TV presenter in 2002 and 2008. This the most recent example of media reports concerning allegations of sexual offences involving public figures.’

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Doughty Street, 2nd December 2015

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