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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Teacher clears name after being wrongly convicted of clipping unruly pupil – Daily Telegraph

‘Maths and German teacher Regina Hungerford, 54, overturns her conviction for hitting a pupil on appeal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2015

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Damages awarded in ‘sexting’ case for the first time – BBC News

‘Damages for “sexting” have been awarded for the first time, the BBC has learnt.’

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BBC News, 30th November 2015

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Teaching assistant who groomed schoolboy jailed after suspended sentence deemed too lenient – Daily Telegraph

‘A teaching assistant who had sex with a 15-year-old student has had her suspended sentence replaced with an immediate two-year jail term by the Court of Appeal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2015

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‘Trojan Horse’: Park View pupils ‘fed diet of Islam’ – BBC News

Posted November 17th, 2015 in disciplinary procedures, education, Islam, news, professional conduct, teachers by tracey

‘Teachers at the school at the centre of the “Trojan Horse” scandal fed pupils “on a diet of Islam” and isolated them from British society, a panel found. Akeel Ahmed, 41, and Inamulhaq Anwar, 34, denied stepping up religious influence in education at Park View Academy in Birmingham. But a professional conduct panel found against them.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2015

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FGM: Legal duty to inform police comes into force – BBC News

‘Doctors, nurses, midwives and teachers are now legally required to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the police. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary measures and could ultimately lead to them being barred from working.’

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BBC News, 31st October 2015

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FGM: reporting of cases among children becomes mandatory – The Guardian

‘A duty on all teachers, doctors, nurses and social workers to report child cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the police will come into force next week.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2015

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