Teacher banned over bogus qualification claims

A teacher has been banned from the profession for at least four years for falsifying her qualifications, TES is reporting.

A professional conduct panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) said in its decision notice that a four-year wait before she could apply for re-admission – rather than the more common two years – was needed “given the panel’s current understanding of Ms Yates’ lack of awareness”.

Ms Yates was taken on as an unqualified teacher by Erith School, in Bexley, in 2014.

The panel found that she later secured a promotion when she provided false and/or misleading information by suggesting that she had passed her skills tests and providing a document which suggested she had gained qualified teacher status (QTS).

It also found that in 2017 Ms Yates applied for a post at Sedgehill School, in Lewisham, and her application form said she had QTS, but this proved not to be the case when the school checked with the TRA.

She had alleged in advance of the hearing that she took her test with the provider Pearson in Sidcup and was subsequently informed via email that she had qualified status but was not given the relevant certificate.

The prohibition and four-year waiting period were agreed by Department for Education decision-maker Alan Meyrick.

Read more Teacher banned over bogus qualification claims

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