The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has found a teacher guilty of serious misconduct after he participated in a podcast where he named students, read out their work, discussed sex acts and drug taking and talked in a derogatory manner about an ex-girlfriend and a student.

The teacher had been promised the ability to edit the podcast which he understood to be of a comedy nature, but it was broadcast without him having that opportunity.

The Tribunal found that the teacher’s conduct involved a serious breach of standards and was likely to bring the profession into disrepute.

The teacher was supported by his Principal and colleagues as to his qualities as a teacher despite his serious error of judgment in taking part in the podcast.

The Tribunal decided that a censure, mentoring and professional reflection were sufficient penalties in this case.  He is also to notify any prospective employers of the decision for a period of two years.


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