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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: 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.

Name: Daniel Clive Gravell
Employer at time of referral: Ysgol Gymunedol Cefn Hengoed Community School
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 7 February 2018
Date Order takes effect: 7 February 2018
Duration of the Order: 7 February 2020 (2 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. Between 2009 and 2013, the registered person posted inappropriate, offensive comments on Facebook.

2. On his application form for the post of teacher at the School, completed in or around May 2008, the registered person did not disclose the following information:

a) A caution received in 2002 for fraudulently displaying a photocopied tax disc on his motor car.

b) A caution received in 2003 for destroying or damaging property (the value of the damage being £5,000 or less) contrary to Section 1(1) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971.

3. The registered person’s actions in paragraph 2(a), and 2(b), were:

a) misleading;

Name: Robert Shields
Employer at time of referral: Capita Education Recruitment
Disciplinary Order: Conditional Registration Order
Date Order made: 1 February 2018
Date Order takes effect: 1 February 2018
Duration of the Order: For 2 years (until 1 February 2020). Mr Shields must meet conditions 1 to 3 of the Order by 1 August 2018.
Grounds for decision: Guilty of relevant offences
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Relevant Offences

Mr Shields:

1. On 12 April 2017, was convicted of assault by beating, contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. As a consequence of this offence, he was sentenced on 4 May 2017 to a Community Order until 24 August 2017.

2. On 11 May 2015, was convicted of:

(a) dishonestly failing to promptly notify the Department for Work and Pensions in the prescribed manner of a change of circumstances between 1 March 2010 and 28 July 2010, which he knew would affect his entitlement to income support, namely that he had left Great Britain to reside abroad, contrary to section 111A (1A) and (3) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. As a consequence of this offence, he was sentenced on the same date to a Community Order until 10 May 2016, an unpaid work requirement of 100 hours.

(b) dishonestly failing to promptly notify the Department for Work and Pensions in the prescribed manner of a change of circumstances between 1 March 2012 and 10 July 2013, which he knew would affect his entitlement to Employment Support Allowance, namely that he was living outside Great Britain, contrary to section 111A (1A) and (3) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. As a consequence of this offence, he was sentenced on the same date to a Community Order until 10 May 2016 and an unpaid work requirement of 100 hours.

Name: Luke STEWART
Employer at time of referral: St John's College, Cardiff
Disciplinary Order: Conditional Registration Order
Date Order made: 1 February 2018
Date Order takes effect: 1 February 2018
Duration of the Order: 1 May 2018, provided Mr Stewart meets the conditions specified.
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional conduct

Mr Stewart:

1. During 2015 and/or 2016, behaved in an inappropriate manner towards Pupil A in that he:

a) wrote inappropriate comments on an assessment paper and gave it to Pupil A;

b) sent Pupil A a birthday card/cards;

c) made inappropriate comments to Pupil A.

2. During 2015 and/or 2016, behaved in an inappropriate manner towards Pupil A’s family in that he:

a) engaged in extensive text message conversations with Pupil A’s mother;

b) met with Pupil A’s mother outside of school.

3. Did not act in accordance with the School’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy in that he did not report concerns in relation to Pupil A.

Name: Ian GREEN
Employer at time of referral: Coleg Cambria
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 30 January 2018
Date Order takes effect: 30 January 2018
Duration of the Order: 30 January 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. On or around 20 February 2017, stole approximately £900 from a vehicle on College premises for which he / she received a conditional Caution from North Wales Police on or around 21 February 2017 for the offence of Theft (from Motor Vehicle), contrary to section 1(1) of the Theft Act 1968.

2. On or around 21 February 2017, did not inform the College that he/she had received a police caution.

3. By acting in the manner as alleged in paragraphs 1 and 2 above, when considered individually and/or together, acted dishonestly.

Name: Rhys Owens
Employer at time of referral: Pembroke Dock Community School
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 26 January 2018
Date Order takes effect: 26 January 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (Order will expire 26 January 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of a Unacceptable Professional Conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional Conduct

1. In relation to Pupil A, on 20 April 2016, during an after-school Karate Club, the registered person:

b) allowed Pupil A to lie underneath him;

c) touched Pupil A’s feet;

d) lifted Pupil A off the floor;

e) allowed Pupil A to climb on his back;

f) linked arms with Pupil A and allowed Pupil A to link arms with him;

g) encouraged and allowed Pupil A to hold onto his arm whilst he lifted her off the floor;

h) allowed Pupil A to touch his leg.

2. In relation to Pupil B, on 20 April 2016, during an after-school Karate Club, you:

a) lifted Pupil B off the floor

b) allowed Pupil B to climb sit on his back;

c) allowed Pupil B to sit between his legs;

d) allowed Pupil B to stand on his chest area;

f) encouraged and allowed Pupil B to stand on his hands.

3. In relation to Pupil C, on 20 April 2016, during an after-school Karate Club, the registered person lifted Pupil C off the floor from behind.

4. In relation to Pupil D, on 20 April 2016, during an after-school Karate Club, the registered person: a) allowed Pupil D to climb and sit on his back; and b) allowed Pupil D to stand on his legs. 5. The registered persons conduct at paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4 above in relation to 1b), 1c) in part, 1d) in part, 1e) in part, 1f), 1g) 1h) in part, 2a) in part, 2b), 2c), 2e) in part, 2f) in part, 4a), 4b) in part, was a) inappropriate,

Name: Dale Aubrey Evans
Employer at time of referral: Cardiff High School
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 11 January 2018
Date Order takes effect: 11 January 2018
Duration of the Order: 11 January 2021 (3 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. In relation to former Pupil A, a student that the registered person had taught:

(a) the registered person engaged in written communication with Pupil A through social media, the content of which was of an:

(i) inappropriate nature; and/or

(ii) sexual nature.

3. In or around December 2015, the registered person sent:

(a) a sexually explicit image to what the registered person thought was Pupil A’s mobile phone; and/or

(b) written text messages of an inappropriate and/or sexual nature to what the registered person thought was Pupil A’s mobile phone.

4. The registered person’s conduct in paragraphs 3(a) and/or 3(b) was sexually motivated.

Name: Katherine Ann Herbert
Employer at time of referral: Ysgol Borth-Y-Gest, Porthmadog
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 11 January 2018
Date Order takes effect: 11 January 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (order will expire 11 January 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

On 26 September 2016, the registered person attended work whilst under the influence of alcohol.

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