The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has found a teacher guilty of serious misconduct following two convictions for excess breath alcohol and two further driving offences relating to driving while disqualified.

The teacher reported one of the convictions to the Teaching Council, but failed to report the other three convictions.  The Disciplinary Tribunal found that the convictions amounted to serious misconduct because they showed that the teacher was not modelling basic values, such as adherence to the law.

The Tribunal censured the teacher and imposed conditions on his practice for three years.  They also noted in their decision that any further convictions may jeopardise his registration as a teacher and that any further failure to report to the Teaching Council would be an aggravating factor.

Alan Knowsley
Education Lawyer