Primary school teacher given lifetime classroom ban after putting student in a store cupboard

According to the Mirror, a primary school teacher who pulled a child by his T-shirt and put another in a store cupboard has been banned from the classroom for life…

Beverley Birss was handed an indefinite teaching ban after a professional conduct panel heard a string of allegations about her behaviour while teaching at Woodchurch Road Primary School, in the Wirral, between 2010 and 2012.

They included that Ms Birss pulled a child towards a table by his T-shirt while shouting at him, holding his top in a tight grip causing it to bunch up, the Liverpool Echo reported.

The panel also found she had placed “at least one child” in a store cupboard – an L-shaped area that did not have a door, but contained stock which could harm pupils left there unsupervised.

It accepted evidence Ms Birss was often heard shouting uncontrollably at pupils, and also that pupils excluded from the classroom were left unsupervised.

Ms Birss, who did not accept the allegations, failed to attend and was not represented at the hearing.

But the National College for Teaching and Leadership panel ruled her misconduct had “seriously affected the education and wellbeing of pupils”.

Ms Birss was initially suspended last May after she was alleged to have pulled the pupil by his top.

She resigned in October, ahead of a disciplinary hearing, after her GP wrote to the school to say she was unfit to attend.

But the nature of the allegations saw the case flagged up to watchdogs.

In its conclusions, the panel said Ms Birss had shown unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute. It said that while her suspension was “triggered by a single incident, there is evidence of a pattern of behaviour preceding this”.

It found there was also evidence of a “deep-seated attitude that leads to harmful behaviour and no evidence that Ms Birss recognised this” and recommended a lifetime ban.

Giving the final decision on behalf of education secretary Michael Gove, Paul Heathcote accepted the recommendation…

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It amazes me that teachers don’t lose their patience or tempers far more often but for those that do, are there measures and interventions that can help prevent it becoming something that repeats and becomes a pattern? Please share in the comments or on twitter… 

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  1. PeterHutchinso5

    zsharman SchoolsImprove Agreed. Teachers aren’t always the best at looking after each other either. Not helped by competitive climate.

  2. zsharman

    PeterHutchinso5 SchoolsImprove absolutely true .. How things have changed. This used to be a caring profession – what went wrong ?

  3. PeterHutchinso5

    zsharman SchoolsImprove As well as schools v schools, we now have teachers v teachers. Collegiate approach in short supply, I’m afraid.

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