Thursday 29 September 2016

Inappropriate relationships and dodgy references get teachers struck off

Anne-Marie Walsh

Published 26/07/2016 | 02:30

Phillip Rudd was banned from teaching. Photo: Wales News Service
Phillip Rudd was banned from teaching. Photo: Wales News Service

Shocking revelations of inappropriate sexual relationships with pupils and writing references for disgraced colleagues are among the offensive behaviour that caused two teachers to be struck off in the UK this year.

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In a case that came to light this month, married Welsh maths teacher Phillip Rudd was banned from teaching at Ysgol Glan y Mor in Burry Port after having sex with a 16- year-old he taught since she was 10.

An Education and Workforce Council disciplinary hearing in Cardiff heard that Mr Rudd told the girl he would leave his wife for her and bought her gifts including perfume and chocolates.

The teenager said he began messaging her after she had left school to go to a nearby college.He admitted sharing personal and inappropriate emails with the girl but denied buying her gifts or having sex with her.

He said he just wanted to make her feel good about herself and did not know what her motives were.

An email was read to the hearing in which he said he loved her and wished he was either single or had met her 20 years ago. The girl told her parents what had happened.

The committee chair, Jacquie Turnbull, found his conduct was sexually motivated and that he did have sex with the girl.

She said he was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and his behaviour fell short of the standard required.

In another case, a teacher was banned from the classroom for writing glowing references for disgraced ex-colleagues.

Senior teacher Huw Jones, of Rainhill High School in Merseyside, wrote references for three former colleagues after they were sacked, disciplined or resigned "under a cloud".

In one reference he said a teacher, who had been given a final written warning when school bosses questioned his behaviour towards pupils, got on well with all types of pupils and staff.

He also wrote a positive review for a colleague who had been dismissed over allegations of stealing school property.

Another teacher at the school, Ian McLean, who taught PE, was banned from the teaching profession after swapping hundreds of sexually motivated messages with former female pupils on Facebook.

Irish Independent

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