The Mirror is reporting that thirty teachers have been banned for sexual misconduct in the first half of this year.
The number of teachers being barred for sexual offences, sleazy behaviour and affairs with pupils has nearly trebled in a year.
In the first six months of this year, 30 teachers have been barred from teaching indefinitely by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
The figure compares to 21 in the previous six months and just 11 in the six months before that…
Campaigners say victims feel more confident about coming forward following cases such as jailed teacher Jeremy Forrest, who fled the UK with a pupil.
The Parents against Child Sex Exploitation charity said: “There is a greater awareness. You’ve got a Jimmy Savile-effect.”
Barnardo’s chief Javed Khan said: “Children’s complaints against anyone in a position of trust must be taken seriously.”
The Department of Education, which oversees National College for Teaching and Leadership hearings, said it had tightened its rules on sexual misconduct.
A spokeswoman said: “It’s easier to keep them out of classrooms.”
The article puts forward two explanations for the rise in the number of teachers being banned for sexual misconduct offences: a greater likelihood for victims to come forward and the tighter regulations.
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