The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has placed conditions on a teacher’s practice after he was found guilty of three incidences of breaching professional boundaries with two students. 

The matters including the teacher picking up a student on two occasions and on one occasion throwing the student into the swimming pool when she was dressed and carrying a bag.  He also made inappropriate comments to her along the lines of “I thought we were friends”. 

In relation to another student he placed his hands around the student’s neck and removed him from the classroom and held him down on the ground.  These incidents amounted to a breach of professional boundaries and serious misconduct. 

The teacher was ordered to undergo further training and mentoring for a period of two years.  The teacher had advised the Tribunal that he did not intend to return to teaching.

Alan Knowsley

Education Lawyer