Eton teacher found guilty of sexually touching students on night-time visits to bedrooms – The Independent

Posted November 26th, 2020 in child abuse, news, sexual offences, teachers by tracey

‘A former Eton College teacher has been found guilty of sexually touching students during night-time visits to their bedrooms.’

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The Independent, 25th November 2020

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‘No one questioned it’: teacher’s tribunal victory shines light on unfettered academy powers – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2020 in disciplinary procedures, education, news, teachers, trade unions, unfair dismissal by sally

‘Herefordshire academy conspired to sack drama teacher for her union activities.’

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The Guardian, 10th November 2020

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Is there a different burden of proof in relation to misconduct cases in which there is a possibility that an employee who works with children may pose a danger? No, says the EAT in K v L UKEAT/0014/18/JW – 3PB

‘The Claimant had been employed by the respondents for 20 years as a teacher. On 30th December 2016 the Police entered his property having been granted a warrant to search for and seize computers in the possession of the Claimant. The warrant was based on intelligence that indecent images of a child or children had been downloaded to an IP address associated with the Claimant. The Claimant lived at the address with his son. One of the computers was found to have data that was of interest to the Police.’

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3PB, 2nd October 2020

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Is there a different burden of proof in relation to misconduct cases in which there is a possibility that an employee who works with children may pose a danger? No, says the EAT in K v L UKEAT/0014/18/JW – 3PB

‘The Claimant had been employed by the respondents for 20 years as a teacher. On 30th December 2016 the Police entered his property having been granted a warrant to search for and seize computers in the possession of the Claimant. The warrant was based on intelligence that indecent images of a child or children had been downloaded to an IP address associated with the Claimant. The Claimant lived at the address with his son. One of the computers was found to have data that was of interest to the Police.’

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3PB, 2nd October 2020

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Westergate primary school snooping-accused teacher cleared – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2020 in computer crime, electronic mail, employment, holidays, news, privacy, teachers by sally

‘A teacher who spoke out about alleged “overgrading” of pupils’ work has been cleared of snooping on her colleagues’ emails.’

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BBC News, 29th September 2020

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Teaching assistant found guilty of sending topless pictures to 15-year-old pupil – Daily Telegraph

‘A jury at Aylesbury Crown Court found her guilty of two sex offence charges relating to the topless pictures and a video, but they have not yet reached verdicts on three more serious charges of causing or inciting a child aged under 16 to engage in a sexual act.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2020

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Abuse victim accused of ‘grooming’ teacher awarded £1m – BBC News

Posted August 11th, 2020 in damages, local government, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences, teachers by sally

‘A man sexually abused as a schoolboy has been awarded more than £1m from his teacher’s employer.’

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BBC News, 11th August 2020

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Jack Maxwell and Joe Tomlinson: Model students: why Ofqual has a legal duty to disclose the details of its model for calculating GCSE and A level grades – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted July 28th, 2020 in coronavirus, disclosure, examinations, news, teachers by sally

‘On 18 March 2020, the UK Government cancelled GCSE and A level exams for students in England. The closure of schools and the need to slow the spread of COVID-19 made exams impracticable. But the Prime Minister confirmed that students would still get ‘the qualifications they need and deserve for their academic career.’ This created an obvious headache for public administration: the objective was to create a legitimate system of assessment, which could maintain confidence, without actual assessments.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 28th July 2020

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Professional Regulation – Case Comment: Caroline Reilly V Teaching Regulation Agency and Secretary of State for Education (2020) EWHC 1188 (Admin) – Park Square Barristers

‘The appellant was the head teacher of a primary school in the West Midlands. She was dismissed from her post in July 2011 following disciplinary proceedings which arose in consequence of her failure to disclose the fact of her personal relationship with a man who had been convicted of offences involving the making and possessing of indecent images of children.’

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Park Square Barristers, 15th May 2020

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Up to 1,500 English primary schools to defy 1 June reopening plan – The Guardian

‘Up to 1,500 primary schools in England are expected to remain closed on 1 June after a rebellion by at least 18 councils forced the government to say it had no plans to sanction them.’

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The Guardian, 19th May 2020

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Reilly v Secretary of State for Education – Blackstone Chambers

‘This decision exemplifies the stricter approach the courts are now taking in disciplinary cases where the regulated person fails to attend a hearing.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 13th May 2020

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Teachers can legally refuse to return over health risk, says union – The Guardian

‘Teachers can legally refuse to return when schools reopen unless they get the same protections against coronavirus as other frontline staff, one of the UK’s leading teaching unions has warned.’

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The Guardian, 14th May 2020

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Supply teacher jailed for sexually assaulting six girls at primary school – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2020 in child abuse, news, school children, sentencing, sexual offences, teachers by sally

‘A supply teacher has been jailed for eight and a half years for sexually assaulting six girls at a primary school in North Yorkshire, two years after similar allegations were dropped.’

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The Guardian, 27th April 2020

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Nottinghamshire teacher banned after vagina comment – BBC News

‘A newly-qualified teacher who admitted making a “stupid comment” about a pupil’s vagina has been banned from the profession.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2020

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Teacher who raped 14-year-old boy blames ‘heavy workload’ – The Independent

Posted February 4th, 2020 in indecent photographs of children, news, rape, sexual grooming, teachers by sally

‘A deputy headteacher who raped a 14-year-old boy and kept indecent images of children on his phone has blamed his heavy workload for turning him into a sexual predator.’

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The Independent, 4th February 2020

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Jones v Secretary of State for Education – Blackstone Chambers

‘The High Court has given an important decision on governmental powers to supplement statutory procedures with non-statutory guidance and directions.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 3rd December 2019

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Teacher sacked over gay dating app activity wins £700,000 payout – The Guardian

‘A primary school headteacher who was sacked after having sex with two 17-year-old boys he met through a gay dating app has been awarded nearly £700,000 compensation by a tribunal.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2019

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JUSTICE Report calls for mandatory training on the law for school teachers involved in excluding students – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 12th, 2019 in equality, news, reports, school exclusions, teachers by sally

‘A new report has called for reform of the process by which schools permanently exclude students after suggesting that school teachers have an inconsistent understanding of their Equality Act duties and that Independent Review Panels (IRPs) lack the power to remedy unlawful exclusions.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th November 2019

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‘Touchy feely’ teacher banned from profession – BBC News

Posted October 8th, 2019 in complaints, disciplinary procedures, news, professional conduct, teachers by tracey

‘A “touchy feely” teacher has been banned from teaching.’

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BBC News, 8th October 2019

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CPS could and should have extradited paedophile music teacher – The Guardian

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) could and should have extradited a paedophile music teacher suspected of grooming and sexually abusing a string of girls at a school in Manchester, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2019

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