The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered a teacher to undergo drug testing every three months for a year after the teacher was found guilty of misconduct.

The teacher had admitted recreational use of cannabis to her employer but refused to undergo a drugs test and resigned.  The employer referred the matter to the Education Council.

The Disciplinary Tribunal could not ascertain whether the teacher’s admitted use of the drug was historical or more recent or whether it was a one off or regular occurrence but a recent drug test was negative.

The Tribunal decided that regular monitoring to ensure the teacher was not using was what was required rather than any more serious sanction.

Alan Knowsley
Education Lawyer