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The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal in a recent case has warned teachers that they have no right to silence when facing disciplinary allegations and have a duty to cooperate at all stages with the investigation.
Teachers electing not to give evidence in the future may find themselves subject to adverse inferences being drawn by the Tribunal, regarding the failure to give evidence, as they should be aware of their obligations… Continue reading
The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has found a new teacher guilty of serious misconduct for smacking a preschool child for misbehavior and for threatening to smack another child.
Both actions are illegal under the Education Act and in breach of the Teachers Council Code of Ethics.
The events were held to be at the lower end of the scale and were dealt with by a formal censure, annotation of… Continue reading
The High Court has held that the Minister of Education’s decision to merge Phillipstown School with Woolston School was unlawful and invalid.
The Minister had an obligation to consult with the schools prior to making a merger decision. The Court held that the consultation process was flawed in two respects. The first involved issues of cost of one school continuing on the merged site. This was held to have… Continue reading
The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal was referred a teacher convicted of two convictions, one of which involved indecent exposure. The teacher had been intoxicated on both occasions.
The teacher voluntarily surrendered his practicing certificate. The deregistration was to ensure that the teacher received sufficient treatment before he attempted to return to the profession (if ever)… Continue reading
The Employment Relations Authority has rejected a personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissal of a school principal by the school’s statutory manager.
The principal was advised that he was not dealing appropriately with the school community and failing to undertake meaningful consultation. His relationship with the school and wider community had broken down.
The ERA held that the principal’s failure to accept any personal responsibility for the situation… Continue reading
The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has deregistered a teacher for repeated minor assaults on students.
The Tribunal may have considered that some form of anger management was appropriate instead of deregistration except that the teacher’s attitude was that she knew best, that she had done nothing wrong and she ignored repeated warnings that her behaviour was not appropriate… Continue reading
The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has deregistered a teacher who on several occasions swore at students to the extent of making the class feel unsafe in his presence.
The teacher failed to take any part in the disciplinary process to explain why he acted as he did and advised that he was giving up teaching.
Deregistration was really the only option, but the door was left open for the… Continue reading
The Teacher’s Disciplinary Tribunal has censured a teacher found guilty of two sexual assaults on a child. If the teacher was still registered they would also have faced deregistration but the registration had already lapsed.
The Tribunal noted that they would be very surprised if any application for registration was considered favourably… Continue reading
The Teacher’s Disciplinary Tribunal has censured a teacher after the teacher told the student (amongst other things) that she should not have reported her grandparents for abuse (the grandparents were subsequently convicted and sentenced to home detention).
The teacher was related to both the student and her grandparents, and this, combined with her failure to realise (until very late in the process) that her behaviour was professionally inappropriate, aggravated… Continue reading
The new search and seizure powers for state schools will come into effect on 1 January 2014. Teachers and other staff (authorised in writing by the Board) will be able to require students to hand over any items that may endanger safety or detrimentally affect the learning environment. This will include electronic devices upon which material is stored.
Items can be retained for a reasonable period, they must be… Continue reading
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