The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has censured a teacher and ordered that he undergo mentoring in relation to classroom skills and management of stress levels.

The relatively new teacher behaved inappropriately in class by swearing, verbally criticising and humiliating students, punching and head butting the wall and slamming the classroom door.

The Tribunal found that the teacher’s behaviour was likely to negatively affect the wellbeing and learning of students and reflected adversely on his fitness to be a teacher.  His conduct could also be regarded as psychological abuse of the students.

The teacher had shown insight into his inappropriate behaviour by acknowledging that his actions were serious misconduct and cooperating with the disciplinary process.  The teacher had also on his own admission undergone therapy to address the causes of his behaviour.

Alan Knowsley

Education Lawyer
Wellington


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