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Forthcoming Fitness to Practise Committee Hearings

Details of a forthcoming hearing will appear here five working days before it is due to take place.

Members of the education professions, the press and the public can attend Fitness to Practise Committee hearings of the Education Workforce Council (EWC) and a small number of observer places are available for this purpose. If you wish to attend as an observer, you are asked to contact the EWC on 029 2046 0099. In attending a hearing, observers are asked to bear in mind the following points:

  • Hearings are subject to sudden cancellation or postponement. Those travelling long distances are advised to confirm that a hearing is still taking place by telephoning the EWC on or shortly before the day of the hearing;

  • Hearings are held in public in accordance with the Human Rights Act. However, a registered person can request that all or part of a hearing be held in private. The Committee will consider any such request on the day of the hearing. Where all or any part of a hearing is held in private, this will not be open to observers.

If you are a member of the press and wish to attend a hearing listed here, you must contact the EWC in the first instance on 029 2046 0099. Should you not do so in advance of the hearing date, the Council cannot guarantee your place as an observer.

Further information for hearing observers can be found here . This information is general, and in all circumstances, The Education Workforce Council (Main Functions)(Wales) Regulations 2015, as amended and the EWC's  Disciplinary Procedures and Rules 2017  take precedence.

Committee: Fitness to Practise Committee
Date: Monday, 19, Tuesday 20, and Wednesday 21 February 2018
Time: 10:00am
Venue: The Village Hotel, Coryton, Cardiff
Employer at the time of the allegations: Mountain Ash Comprehensive School, Tonyrefail School, Archbishop McGrath School and Ynysawdre School
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. Whilst employed as a school teacher at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School (the School):

(a) In September 2012, the registered person wiped away the tears of Pupil A;

(b) In September 2012, the registered person said to Pupil A that he was “a handsome boy”;

(c) In 2014, the registered person put his or her arm around Pupil B as he came off the field following a rugby match at the School;

(d) On 19 March 2014, the registered person gave chocolate bars to pupils following a rugby match in Aberdare;

(e) On 28 March 2014, the registered person placed his or her hand on the nape of Pupil C’s neck and stroked it;

(f) In 2014, the registered person gave money to Pupil C on more than one occasion;

(g) In 2014, the registered person gave a chocolate bar to Pupil C on more than one occasion.

2. Whilst working as a school teacher at Tonyrefail School, on 19 September 2005 following an investigation into the registered person’s conduct, the registered person was advised that “your teaching strategies could be described as ill-advised and could be open to misinterpretation”.

3. Whilst working as a school teacher at Archbishop McGrath School on 20 March 2006 following an investigation into the registered persons conduct, the registered person was advised that “in no uncertain terms not to phone Pupil X again or give Pupil X any presents”.

4. Whilst working as a school teacher in Ynsawdre Comprehensive School on 6 May 2008 following an incident where the registered person made physical contact with a pupil, the registered person was advised that his or her actions were inappropriate.

5. The registered persons conduct at paragraph 1 was in contravention to the advice given to the him or her in respect of maintaining professional boundaries with pupils on: (a) 19 September 2005; and/or (b) 20 March 2006; and/or (c) 6 May 2008, as described in paragraphs 2, and/or 3 and/or 4 above. 6. The registered person’s conduct at paragraph 1 was: (a) a breach of professional boundaries; and/or (b) inappropriate.

Committee: Fitness to Practise Committee
Date: Tuesday, 20 and Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Time: 10:00am
Venue: Jury’s Inn, Park Place, Cardiff
Employer at the time of the allegations: New Directions Recruitment Ltd
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. The registered person did not report to New Directions that they would be unable to attend tuition sessions on:

a) 24 November 2016; and/or

b) 25 November 2016

2. On or around 28 November 2016 the registered person submitted a timesheet:

a) having completed the timesheet with entries indicating that they had delivered tuition on approximately four occasions, when this was not the case; and/or

b) having signed the timesheet approximately four times with signatures purporting to be that of parents or guardians of children that the registered person was due to be tutoring; and/or

c) which the registered person subsequently requested that the Branch Manager destroy.

3. When applying for registration with the Education Workforce Council on or around 26 January 2017, the registered person failed to declare under Part 8 of their application that they had been subject to disciplinary action or investigation by an employer.

4. The registered person’s conduct as described in paragraph(s) 1(a) and/or 1(b) and/or 2(a) and/or 2(b) and/or 2(c) and/or 3 was dishonest.

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