The Press Association (via the Mail) is reporting an analysis of government figures that suggests one member of teaching staff has been struck off every other school day for the last two years.
Typical causes for being sacked include forming relationships with pupils, taking drugs and alcohol onto school premises, and failing to protect vulnerable students.
Head teachers and other senior staff are among those reprimanded by National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) since the start of 2014.
Of the 230 investigations which advanced to NCTL panel stage for a decision during that time, some 194 were banned from the profession – roughly one case every two days for each of the 190 days in a school year.
Among the 194, some 46 related to them either being convicted of an offence or receiving a caution for crimes ranging from battery and fraud to voyeurism and motoring convictions.
The majority of investigations (159) featured allegations against the staff member relating to sexual activity, inappropriate relationships or general inappropriate behaviour.
Fraud, falsifying documents and financial irregularities featured in 41 cases, dating back to the start of last year.
Allegations involving alcohol (20), exam malpractice (17) and safeguarding issues (11) also featured.
The majority (148) of investigations involved male staff, this is despite females making up 80% of the full-time equivalent number of employees working in schools, according to the latest government figures. There were just 80 complaints against women, although the names, age and sex of staff members brought before the panel was withheld on a handful of occasions…
Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “According to the latest data 454,900 teachers are employed in state schools in England. The number banned therefore represents 0.04% of the workforce…”
As a percentage of the total, they are, as Brian Lightman points out, very small, but I guess it would also be naive to assume all cases of misconduct get as far as an NCTL investigation.
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