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Outcomes of fitness to practise committee hearings

Should a Fitness to Practise Committee impose a disciplinary order upon the registration of an education practitioner, a notice will appear here. The notice will remain for a period of 6 months from the day it is published.

The Education Workforce Council, as constituted under the Education (Wales) Act 2014, as amended, hereby gives notice that in accordance with its Disciplinary Procedures and Rules 2017 , Rule 31, a disciplinary order has been imposed on the registration of the following:

Name: Lucy Griffiths
Employer at time of referral: Miskin Primary School
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 25 July 2018
Date Order takes effect: 25 July 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (order will expire 25 July 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. On or around 13 May 2017, the registered person was arrested by the police as a result of their conduct during an incident at a public house.

2. On or around 13 May 2017, the registered person was found by the police to be in possession of cocaine.

Name: Kevin Ellis
Employer at time of referral: Ysgol Bryn Castell
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 13 July 2018
Date Order takes effect: 13 July 2018
Duration of the Order: 13 July 2020 (2 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional conduct

The registered person:

1. During the 2016/2017 academic year and on unknown date/dates, used inappropriate and/or offensive language towards staff and/or pupils.

2. Between September 2014 and January 2017, used his mobile phone during lesson time and/or whilst with pupils, and did not comply with reasonable instructions in relation to the use of his mobile phone.

3. On or around November 2016, made an offensive hand gesture to a pupil.

Name: Dr Robyn Jane Williams
Employer at time of referral: Grŵp Llandrillo Menai
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 11 July 2018
Date Order takes effect: 11 July 2018
Date before which no application may be made by the person for eligibility for registration: 11 July 2023 (5 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

The registered person:

1. posed for 15 photographs of an indecent and pornographic nature

2. knew that 3 of the photographs were intended for publication in an adult magazine.

3. posted 12 pictures of an indecent and pornographic nature on Twitter

4. appeared in a video of a pornographic nature; and

5. posted a hyperlink on Twitter to the video referred to.

6. displayed a lack of integrity in relation to the above conduct.

Name: Clare Douthwaite
Employer at time of referral: Rhosddu Community Primary School
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (with conditions)
Date Order made: 4 July 2018
Date Order takes effect: 4 July 2018
Duration of the Order: Until 31 December 2019, provided Mrs Douthwaite meets the condition of the Order within the timescale
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. On 28 June 2016, the registered person:

a) on one or more occasions left her classroom, and learners without informing a member of staff.

b) went to her car and drank clear liquid from a bottle which was in her car.

c) smelt of alcohol whilst at work.

2. On 28 June 2016, her behaviour was unprofessional and/or inappropriate in that she:

b) refused to show the bottle she had drunk from to Colleague A upon her request.

c) refused to follow advice from Colleague A not to drive her vehicle.

Name: Gareth Thomas
Employer at time of referral: Coleg Cambria
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 5 July 2018
Date Order takes effect: 5 July 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (until 5 July 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional conduct

The registered person:

1. participated in a video or videos, the content of which were inappropriate and/or sexually explicit.

2. shared the video or videos referred to in paragraph 1 on social media, namely Facebook Messenger, with a person the registered person had only recently met online.

Name: Paul Austin
Employer at time of referral: Coley y Cymoedd
Disciplinary Order: Disciplinary Order: Conditional Registration Order
Date Order made: 29 June 2018
Date Order takes effect: 29 June 2018
Duration of the Order: Until 1 January 2019
Grounds for decision: Guilty of Unacceptable Professional Conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

The registered person:

1. on or around 21 November 2016, sat on the lap of Learner A;

2. on unknown date/dates during 2016, left learners unsupervised in the classroom during lessons;

3. on an unknown date/dates during 2016, leant inappropriately over Learner B;

4. during 2016 and/or 2017, stood inappropriately over Learner D whilst they were working.

Name: Samantha Beresford
Employer at time of referral: Townhill Community Primary School, Swansea
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (without conditions)
Date Order made: 14 June 2018
Date Order takes effect: 14 June 2018
Duration of the Order: 6 months (until 14 December 2018)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of a relevant offence
Nature of the matter before the Committee: Relevant offence Conviction: Battery
Name: Adam Perry
Employer at time of referral: The Court Special School, Cardiff
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 7 June 2018
Date Order takes effect: 7 June 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (order will expire 7 June 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of Relevant Offences
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Relevant Offences

Conviction: Driving a mechanically propelled vehicle without due care and attention (Community Order)

Conviction: Driving a motor vehicle with excess alcohol

Conviction: Drive a motor vehicle with the proportion of specified controlled drug above specified limit (2 offences) (Community Order)

Name: Jill TAYLOR
Employer at time of referral: St Illtyd’s School
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 6 June 2018
Date Order takes effect: 6 June 2018
Duration of the Order: 6 June 2021 (3 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and relevant offences
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. Between approximately 2011 and 2017, the registered person smelt of alcohol and/or were drinking alcohol whilst at work and/or on School premises, including on the following occasions;

a) On or around 20 January 2017;

b) On or around 30 January 2017;

c) On or around 6 February 2017;

d) On or around 7 February 2017;

e) On or around 16 February 2017.

Relevant Offences

2. On 23 September 2010, the registered person was convicted of driving a motor vehicle with excess alcohol on 8 September 2010, for which you she was disqualified from driving for 24 months, fined £600 and had her driving licence endorsed.

3. On 18 October 2012, the registered person was convicted of failing to provide a specimen for analysis (driving or attempting to drive) on 4 October 2012, for which she was disqualified from driving for 36 months, fined £750 and had her driving licence endorsed.

Name: Jonathan Charles Arthur Burrett
Employer at time of referral: New Directions Education Recruitment
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 12 June 2018
Date Order takes effect: 12 June 2018
Duration of the Order: 12 June 2020 (2 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of relevant offences
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Relevant Offences

Convictions:

1. Battery.

2. Pursuing a course of conduct which amounted to harassment.

3. Failing to surrender to custody.

4. Failing to comply with the requirements of a community order.

Name: Martin Rhodri WILLIAMS
Employer at time of referral: Olchfa Comprehensive School, Swansea
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (with conditions)
Date Order made: 25 May 2018
Date Order takes effect: 25 May 2018
Duration of the Order: 15 months (until 25 August 2019)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional conduct

1. During the 2015/16 academic year, the registered person inappropriately touched and spoke to Pupil A, Pupil B, Pupil C and Pupil D.

2. During the 2015/16 academic year on an unknown date or dates, the registered person shone a laser pen in pupils’ faces and/or eyes.

3. On or around May 2016, the registered person:

(a) uploaded Year 12 coursework marks to the WJEC which were not an accurate reflection of pupils’ work.

(b) provided a colleague with Year 13 coursework marks to be uploaded to the WJEC which were not an accurate reflection of pupils’ work.

(c) provided a colleague with Year 11 controlled assessment marks which were not an accurate reflection of pupils’ work.

Name: Julia Louise Cowton
Employer at time of referral: Monmouth Comprehensive School
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 3 May 2018
Date Order takes effect: 3 May 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (order will expire 3 May 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. The registered person did not adequately assess and/or review students’ work, in particular the registered person did not ensure;

a) that tracking sheets were present and/or kept up to date in all exercise books; and/or

b) that all exercise books contained appropriate written and/or numerical targets; and/or

c) the marking of exercise books was up to date; and/or

d) that documented feedback was provided to pupils; and/or

e) that diagnostic and/or formative comments were consistently recorded in pupils exercise books.

2. The registered person prioritised her voluntary work as a rowing coach over the assessment of students’ work;

3. By the registered person’s conduct at 1a) – 1e) and 2 above the registered person failed to promote good progress and outcomes for her pupils.

Name: Cheryl Dawn Owens
Employer at time of referral: Ysgol Hen Felin School
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 13 March 2018
Date Order takes effect: 13 March 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (order will expire 13 March 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

On 2 December 2016, the registered person received a Caution for Common Assault by beating on 25 November 2016, contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

Name: David Berry
Employer at time of referral: Mountain Ash Comprehensive School, Tonyrefail School, Archbishop McGrath School and Ynysawdre School
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 20 February 2018
Date Order takes effect: 20 February 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (Order will expire 20 February 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1.Whilst employed as a school teacher at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School,

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

6. The registered person’s conduct at paragraph 1(f) was:

      (a) a breach of professional boundaries; and

      (b) inappropriate;

Name: Lee ASHFORD
Employer at time of referral: St David’s Catholic College, Cardiff and ITN Mark Education (Cardiff)
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (without conditions)
Date Order made: 19 February 2018
Date Order takes effect: 19 February 2018
Duration of the Order: 12 months (until 19 February 2019)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of a relevant offence
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Relevant offence

Conviction: Wounding/Inflicting Grievous Bodily Harm

(Community Order)

Name: Anthony Hughes
Rule 36 Application: Granted
Date Order made: 8 February 2018
Date Order takes effect: 8 February 2018
Grounds for decision: Eligibility for Registration following a Prohibition Order
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Rule 36 Application

A Fitness to Practice Committee of the Education Workforce Council granted Mr Hughes’ application for eligibility.

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