Teachers Behaving Badly? Dilemmas for School Leaders

Teachers Behaving Badly? Dilemmas for School Leaders

Teachers Behaving Badly? Dilemmas for School Leaders

Teachers Behaving Badly? Dilemmas for School Leaders


Behaviour that involves an abuse of a teacher's position of trust or a breach of the standards of propriety is regarded as misconduct and may lead to a teacher being barred from the teaching profession. This book offers the school leader advice on making decisions arising from misconduct or alleged misconduct of their staff. It addresses issues such as:* how to deal with an allegation of a teacher's sexual misconduct* how to judge when a relationship between a pupil and teacher becomes abusive* how to decide what to do about drug abuse* how to support an 'outed' gay or lesbian teacher* how to decide when private matters become public ones* how to deal with the media.Often there are no clear-cut answers, or easy solutions, but this book will raise the dilemmas and explain the employment and criminal law in jargon-free language. School leaders have to make important decisions about such incidents, considering their responsibility to their staff, to the local community, and to their pupils. Leadership training rarely includes exposure to these issues, but most people working in schools may have to face them at some point in their career.Teachers Behaving Badly draws on real cases and explores the dilemmas faced, offering practical and legal advice to help school leaders prepare for such critical incidents.


Dramatis personae

Keith: Head of house - married to Jenny.

Jenny: Part-time teacher - married to Keith.

Lisa: Head of faculty - (mid-30s) married to non-teacher.

All three work at the same school.

My suspicions were first raised about the possibility of an affair when Keith and Lisa started behaving in a slightly flirtatious manner and always sitting together at curriculum and pastoral meetings. One of my deputies then reported that Keith had been spending a lot of time in another subject department office at lunchtime and after school. As he did not teach that subject, this new behaviour pattern was again an indicator to me (and probably the rest of the staff) that something was going on. Normally this would be of no concern, or interest, but in this case Keith was not only married but his wife Jenny was also a member of our staff. Lisa was also married but not to a teacher or anyone connected with the school.

Around the same time Jenny confided in her colleague and close friend Jane that she had suspected her husband Keith had been having an affair. When confronted, he had admitted to it being someone at school.

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