Bristol teacher banned after spending night with pupil in hotel room

The Bristol Post is reporting that a teacher who spent a night with a “vulnerable” Year 11 pupil in a hotel room has now been banned by an NCTL panel.

Rebecca Lacey, 28, is prohibited from teaching indefinitely after it was revealed the former Downend School teacher had “abused” her position of trust.

The Bristol Post revealed earlier this month Ms Lacey had invited a pupil in one of her classes to spend a night in her hotel room after the school’s prom in 2014.

She then dropped him off the next morning near his home so he could walk home. When questioned by the headteacher, she denied the incident three times, and failed to report it

Miss Lacey said he had been drinking and was asked to take drugs by his friends, and she was only trying to keep him safe.

A professional conduct panel by the National College for Training and Leadership (NCTL) heard the former ICT teacher had asked the pupil back to her room, and was also seen smoking with him earlier in the evening.

She also admitted inappropriate behaviour at the prom by getting physically too close to a number of pupils, allowing them to hug her…

The panel said she had acted in “an over familiar manner” towards pupils, and …had also misguided the pupils she was teaching… and as a result 50 pupils had their coursework disqualified by their exam board.

Yesterday, the Education Secretary agreed she should not longer be allowed to teach, although she will be able to appeal the decision in two years time.

In their report to the Department of Education, the panel said the incident was “very serious” and prohibiting her was in the public interest.

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  1. Maruta_Wataru

    SchoolsImprove A male member of staff would have been barred indefinitely. The NCTL the_college are more lenient toward female teachers.

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