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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: 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.

Name: Darren Lewis
Employer at time of referral: Coleg y Cymoedd
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 5 December 2017
Date Order takes effect: 5 December 2017
Duration of the Order: 5 December 2019 (2 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. On or around 28 November 2016, the registered person:

(a) stood close to Student A in a threatening and/or intimidating manner; and/or

(b) grabbed Student A’s arm; and/or (c) grabbed and/or attempted to grab Student A by the neck.

2. During the 2015/16 and/or 2016/17 academic years, the registered person made the following inappropriate comments to students:

(a) On or around 16 January 2017, when discussing with Student B why a fellow student was not in class, the registered person responded “he is probably in your house shagging your Mrs”, or words to that effect; and/or

(b) On an unknown date, when Student C informed the registered person that he had not been in class because his grandmother was ill, the registered person responded “it’s not my problem that your Nan is in hospital”, or words to that effect; and/or

(c) On an unknown date or dates, when talking about drugs, the registered person stated “love having a bit of Charlie”, or words to that effect and/or

(d) On an unknown date or dates, the registered person informed students that he/she liked hookers; and/or

(e) On an unknown date or dates, the registered person told Student A that he was “never going to get a job”, or words to that effect; and/or

(f) On an unknown date, when Student D answered a question incorrectly, the registered person replied “What are you even doing here?” or words to that effect.

3. On an unknown date or dates during the 2015/16 and/or 2016/17 academic years, the registered person laughed at Student B in response to him answering questions incorrectly.

4. During the 2015/16 and/or 2016/17 academic years, the registered person inappropriately singled out students during his classes.

Name: Rebecca Anne GOOCH
Employer at time of referral: Glanhowy Primary School, Tredegar
Disciplinary Order: Conditional Registration Order
Date Order made: 1 December 2017
Date Order takes effect: 1 December 2017
Duration of the Order: Without limitation of time
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional conduct

1. On 14 September 2016, the registered person squeezed the hand of Pupil A.

2. On 15 September 2016, the registered person assaulted Pupil A for which she received a Caution from Gwent Police on 23 September 2016 for Common Assault, contrary to Section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

Name: Helen Kay Lester
Employer at time of referral: Saundersfoot CP School
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 28 November 2017
Date Order takes effect: 28 November 2017
Duration of the Order: 28 November 2020 (3 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

The registered person:

1. Amended the results of the 2014 procedural tests by increasing the scores of pupils;

2. Amended the results of the 2015 procedural tests by correcting answers on the test papers and/or by increasing the scores of pupils;

3. In 2014, allowed teachers to view test papers in advance of the procedural tests;

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

Name: Christine Lloyd
Employer at time of referral: Grŵp NPTC Group
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 22 November 2017
Date Order takes effect: 22 November 2017
Duration of the Order: 2 Years (until 22 November 2019)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and a relevant offence
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional conduct

The registered person:

1. On 27 January 2016, failed to teach her timetabled NPTC A2 Media Studies class.

2. In respect of her absence from NPTC on 27 January 2016, she:

a) did not advise her line manager of her intended absence during class time; and/or

b) failed to submit a leave of absence form.

3. Her conduct at paragraph 2 was in breach of the NPTC Special Leave of Absence Policy.

4. She marked students in your A2 media studies class as being present on 27 January 2016 in the NPTC register system in circumstances where this lesson

b) was to be re-arranged

10. In January 2016, she used the internet for personal purposes during timetabled class time.

11. Her conduct as described at paragraph 10 was in breach of the NPTC Employee Standards and Code of Conduct.

Relevant Offence

Conviction: Failing to Provide a Specimen of Breath for Analysis

(driving or attempting to drive)

Name: Suzanne Matthews
Employer at time of referral: Pembroke Primary School
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (with conditions)
Date Order made: 22 November 2017
Date Order takes effect: 22 November 2017
Duration of the Order: 18 months (Order will expire 22 May 2019 provided Mrs Matthews 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

Conviction: Assault by beating

(Conditional Discharge)

Name: Rebecca WHISTANCE
Employer at time of referral: Teaching 4 Wales Limited, Hays Education Limited and Accent on Education
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 14 November 2017
Date Order takes effect: 14 November 2017
Duration of the Order: 2 years (Order will expire 14 November 2019)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of a Relevant Offence
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Relevant Offence

Conviction:

Failing to Provide a Specimen of Breath for Analysis (driving or attempting to drive)

(Community Order)

Name: Karen REID
Employer at time of referral: Ysgol Y Castell, Rhyl
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (with conditions)
Date Order made: 10 November 2017
Date Order takes effect: 10 November 2017
Duration of the Order: 12 Months (until 10 November 2018)
Grounds for decision: Relevant Offence
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Conviction:

1. Failing to Provide a Specimen of Breath for Analysis (driving or attempting to drive)

2. Drive with child over 3 years but under 14 years not wearing a rear seat belt

3. Resist or Obstruct Constable

(Community Order)

Name: Irwyn WILCOX
Employer at time of referral: Ysgol Gynradd Glannau Gwaun, Pembrokeshire
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 6 November 2017
Date Order takes effect: 6 November 2017
Duration of the Order: 2 years (Order will expire 6 November 2019)
Grounds for decision: Unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. On an unknown date between September and November 2015, the registered person:

(a) raised their voice at Pupil A; and/or

(b) held Pupil A by the neck or shoulder area of his clothing; and/or

(c) pushed Pupil A up the stairs.

2. The registered person’s conduct as described at paragraph 1 was in breach of Team Teach principles.

Name: Sean Maliphant HOGAN
Employer at time of referral: Apollo Teaching Services
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (without conditions)
Date Order made: 26 October 2017
Date Order takes effect: 26 October 2017
Duration of the Order: Until 26 April 2018
Grounds for decision: Guilty of a relevant offence
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Relevant Offence

Conviction: Battery (2 offences)

(Community Order)

Name: Adrian John Dursley
Employer at time of referral: The Court School
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 19 October 2017
Date Order takes effect: 19 October 2017
Duration of the Order: 2 Years (until 19 September 2019)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee: Unacceptable professional conduct 1. On or around 3 October 2016 The registered person: a) Grabbed Pupil A by his forearm or wrist; and/or b) Lifted Pupil A off the floor whilst holding his forearm or wrist. 2. The registered person’s conduct as outlined in paragraph 1 was in breach of: a) Team Teach principles; and/or b) The ‘Whole School Behaviour Policy, Positive Handling and Exclusion’ policy.

Name: Jacqueline Owen
Employer at time of referral: Grwp Llandrillo Menai
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 17 October 2017
Date Order takes effect: 17 October 2017
Duration of the Order: 17 October 2020 (3 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. In respect of students in Year 1 during the academic year 2015-16,the registered person:

a) Did not return their marked work on the 90 credit Diploma in a timely manner and/or at all; and/or

b) Did not provide a sample of their work to the standards verifier in a timely manner and/or at all; and/or

c) Did not upload marks for their Diploma to the standards verifier in a timely manner and/or at all.

2. In respect of students in Year 2 during the academic year 2015-16, the registered person:

a) Did not return their marked work on their Diploma in a timely manner and/or at all; and/or

b) Did not provide a sample of their work to the standards verifier in a timely manner and/or at all; and/or

c) Did not upload marks for their Diploma to the standards verifier in a timely manner.

3. The registered person was absent from College without authorisation from around 24 August 2016 until around 31 December 2016.

4. The registered person did not respond to multiple requests to make contact with the College between July 2016 and December 2016.

5. The registered person did not return the following College property:

a) College laptop;

6. During the 2015-2016 academic year, in relation to students in Year 2 and/or any of the Performing Arts students, the registered person did not:

a) Set up EDRAC for these learners; and/or

b) Provide learner progress reports and/or record that he or she had done so on EDRAC; and/or

c) Set targets for learners and/or record that he or she had done so on EDRAC; and/or

d) Create action plans and/or record that he or she had done so on EDRAC; and/or

e) Adequately monitor learner progress and/or record that he or she had done so on EDRAC.

7. The registered person’s conduct as described at paragraph(s) 5(a) was dishonest.

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