A teacher reacted inappropriately to a disruptive student who was ignoring her by hitting the student on the back and legs and pulling his ear.  This was not the first occasion she had used physical contact to manage student behaviour.

The school investigated and gave her a final warning.  It then made the compulsory referral to the Education Council.

The Disciplinary Tribunal found that the force used was intentional for corrective purposes and amounted to serious misconduct as it was unlawful.

Conditions were placed on her practice for two years.  She is to have an approved mentor, provide reflective reports each term to the Council and undergo professional development as recommended by the mentor.

Alan Knowsley
Education Lawyer