The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has found a teacher guilty of serious misconduct for smacking two children at home.

The teacher was a court appointed caregiver for three children.  She smacked one of the children on the leg and another on the bottom for misbehaving.  Teachers at the children’s school noticed marks from the smacking and referred the matter to Oranga Tamariki which reported it to the Police.

The Police did not lay charges or give a formal warning.  The school principal referred the matter to the Teaching Council as the teacher worked at the school.

The Tribunal censured the teacher and required her to undergo mentoring and professional development for 12 months.

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