Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Teacher Bans Soar under More 'Rigorous' System: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Teacher Bans Soar under More 'Rigorous' System: News

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Almost 100 barred in England in first year of new agency.

The number of teachers being banned from classrooms in England has vastly increased since the introduction of a new system for disciplining the profession. Almost 100 teachers were barred in the Teaching Agency's first year. The agency heard accusations of teacher misconduct inside and outside school hours, including criminal activity.

The General Teaching Council for England (GTC), which preceded the agency, barred 68 teachers in 2011-12, 33 in 2010-11 and 13 in 2009-10. In the first year of the new system, introduced in March 2012, 98 teachers - almost three-quarters of those who attended hearings - were banned, figures reveal.

Andy Peart, head of legal services at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said that teachers were being barred from the profession because the agency, now renamed the National College for Teaching and Leadership, does not have the option to impose lesser sanctions. Only serious cases of misconduct are referred for hearings. …

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