Wales Online is reporting that a teacher who caused “emotional distress” to children with autism and severe learning difficulties has been struck off.
Tanya Olsen faced a total of eight allegations before the Education Workforce Council relating to her time as a class teacher at Ty Gwyn special educational needs school in Cardiff .
Speaking at a fitness to practice hearing held in Cardiff, case presenter Hannah Eales said: “Her conduct caused harm and significant upset to the pupils concerned. In essence, this is a case about an experienced teacher who caused emotional distress to vulnerable children in her care.”…
The case presenter told the committee Ms Olsen had released a party popper next to a pupil with autism, despite knowing that he was scared of loud noises.
The pupil ran away to a designated “quiet room” where the teacher followed him and released a second party popper.
The teacher admitted pushing the same child in his stomach with her foot when he was disruptive during a school trip.
Around the same time, the committee heard that Ms Olsen shut a pupil with “severe learning difficulties” outside a classroom when he became over-excited about attending a therapy session and told him he would not be allowed to go, before laughing at him….
Ms Olsen has been struck off the teaching register indefinitely…
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