A disgraced RE teacher who was sacked for possessing indecent images of children has been given the go-ahead to carry on teaching by Education Secretary Michael Gove. This is from the Daily Mail…
Geoffrey Bettley, 36, was dismissed from his ten-year career at St Mary’s Catholic School in Menston, West Yorkshire, after he accepted a police caution.
Mr Gove has now supported a disciplinary panel’s recommendation that he does not pose a risk to children and that he should be able to resume his teaching career.
But MP Phillip Davies has raised concerns about the ‘worrying situation’ and warned that it will make parents feel ‘uneasy’.
The National College of Teaching and Leadership professional conduct panel ruled that the child abuse images were at the lower end of seriousness and that Bettley, who had ‘shown remorse and victim empathy’, did not pose a risk.
Backing that view, Mr Gove said: ‘I have considered this case and the need to be proportionate and also to act in the public interest.
‘Although the findings in this case are serious ones, I support the recommendation of the panel that a prohibition order should not be applied in this case.’
Mr Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, West Yorkshire, said: ‘This is a very worrying case and situation and I suspect most parents would feel very uneasy about this man being able to continue teaching given his past record.
‘I think that in such cases there should be an automatic bar on people being able to teach again.’