The Disciplinary Tribunal has censured a teacher following a second failure to report a drink driving conviction to the Education Council.  The first drink driving conviction was in 2007 and at the time the teacher was reminded of her obligation to report any convictions.

The teacher was again convicted of drink driving in 2016 and failed to report the matter to the Education Council again.  The teacher had driven after drinking two bottles of wine.  The teacher’s driving was sufficiently dangerous to have caught the attention of members of the public.

The Disciplinary Tribunal decided that it could deal with the matter by way of a censure and requiring the teacher to notify any prospective employer of her conviction and the Tribunal’s decision because of the long gap between the two offences and that there was no evidence that the teacher had an ongoing problem with alcohol.

Alan Knowsley

Education Lawyer