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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: Helen Elizabeth EVANS
Employer at time of referral: Llanishen Fach Primary School, Cardiff
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 8 November 2018
Date Order takes effect: 8 November 2018
Duration of the Order: 8 November 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. did not follow management instructions and/or school procedures in that she did not:

(a) attend the Christmas Carol assembly with her class on 19 December 2014; and/or

(b) when arranging for a snake to be brought into class on 13 January 2015:

(i) inform the Senior Leadership Team; and/or

(ii) arrange for a risk assessment to be conducted.

2. on or around 28 January 2015, referred to two members of staff as “dumb and dumber” , or words to that effect.

3. in or around the 2014/2015 academic year, demonstrated unacceptable behaviour of a bullying and/or dismissive nature towards members of staff including:

(a) Colleague A; and/or

(b) Colleague B; and/or

(c) Colleague C.

4. In or around 2012 and/or 2013, wrote school reports which contained: 

(a) inaccurate information; and/or

(b) inappropriate comments.

5. On or around 18 May 2013:

(a) ripped open Colleague A’s shirt; and/or

(b) touched Colleague A’s testicles.

7. During the 2014/2015 academic year:

(a) did not actively participate in lesson-planning; and/or relied upon colleagues to undertake the planning of her classes; and/or

(b) did not consistently complete and/or accurately complete field observations; and/or

(c) did not consistently complete and/or complete in a timely manner the marking of pupils’ school books; and/or

(d) wrote inappropriate comments when marking pupils’ work; and/or

(e) in or around October 2014, did not:

(i) share all pupil books with parents at parents’ evening; and/or

(ii) stored the missing books in her car; and/or

(f) did not ensure that all planned work was completed; and/or pupils adequately completed their school work books; and/or

(g) did not adequately progress pupil reading; and/or keep adequate records of pupil progress in reading.

Name: Lee Rees
Employer at time of referral: Pembrokeshire College
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 26 October 2018
Date Order takes effect: 26 October 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (until 26 October 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional conduct

On 22 September 2016, the registered person took a College vehicle without prior authorisation for their own private use.

Name: Andrew Lamb
Employer at time of referral: Pembrokeshire College
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 29 October 2018
Date Order takes effect: 29 October 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (order will expire 29 October 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

The registered person:

1. engaged in communications with Learner X, via social networking app ‘Grindr’ after knowing that:

(a) learner X was enrolled at the College; and/or

(b) learner X was aged 17 years old; and/or

(c) such communications between lecturers and learners were not permitted at the College.

2. failed to report the contact with Learner X to the College’s Head of Safeguarding.

3. was in contravention of the College’s:

(a) standards of Professional Conduct for Staff; and/or

(b) computer Systems Usage Policy

4. at allegation 2, was dishonest.

Name: Alison Langley
Employer at time of referral: Ysgol Maes Hyfryd
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (without conditions)
Date Order made: 16 October 2018
Date Order takes effect: 16 October 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (until 16 October 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unnaceptable Professional Conduct

The registered person:

1. was absent from work without gaining authorisation and/or agreement from management;

2. informed the school that she would be absent from work because she was unwell, when this was not the case;

3. during her return to work meeting, told Manager A that she had been unwell, when this was not the case;

4. did not provide her flight details as requested by Manager A;

5. informed Manager A that she was having difficulty obtaining her flight details, when she knew that she had not taken a flight;

6. was dishonest.

Name: Robert Willbourn
Employer at time of referral: Newbridge School
Disciplinary Order: Conditional Registration Order
Date Order made: 12 October 2018
Date Order takes effect: 12 October 2018
Duration of the Order: Without limit of time
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

The registered person:

3. On one or more occasions in / or around 2011, with regards to a circular saw within the Design and Technology Department (‘the D&T Department’), :

a) operated a circular saw without proper guarding; and/or

b) left a circular saw with its blade exposed and unguarded and/or did not ensure the blade was covered; and/or

c) left the key with a circular saw and/or did not ensure that the saw key had been returned to your cupboard; and/or

d) allowed students into the saw room whilst you were sawing, when they were not wearing personal protective equipment.

4. In or around 2011, in relation to the D&T Department, :

a) did not ensure that risk assessments were in place in respect of equipment and/or tasks; and/or

b) did not ensure the equipment and/or materials were stored safely; and/or

c) did not remove and/or isolate the power to one or more pieces of machinery no longer in use; and/or

d) did not ensure that mandatory signs were present and/or visible; and/or

e) did not ensure that there was an appropriate amount of space between machines; and/or

f) did not ensure that the power to each room was isolated when not in use and/or that keys were not left in kill switches; and/or

6. In respect of allegations 1 to 5, when considered individually and/or together, failed in his responsibilities as the Head of D &T Department, in that he did not:

a) comply with policies and/or guidance which safeguards and promotes the welfare of learners and/or staff, including:

i) The D&T Department staff handbook 2010 - 2011; and/or

ii) Health and Safety Executive issued guidance; and/or

iii) CLEAPPS Guidance; and/or

iv) Extract from British Standards 4163:2007.

b) Take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of learners under your supervision

Name: Michaela Roberts
Employer at time of referral: LMJ Training Limited
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 18 October 2018
Date Order takes effect: 18 October 2018
Duration of the Order: 18 October 2021
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional conduct:

The registered person:

• included their own work in learner portfolios in such a way as to give the impression it was the learner’s work.

• forged the signatures of learners on evidence and/or observations in their portfolios.

• stated that they had observed an activity when they had not.

• did not take adequate steps to prevent learners including plagiarised material in their portfolios.

Name: Robyn Johns
Employer at time of referral: Hafod y Wern Primary School, Wrexham
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 10 October 2018
Date Order takes effect: 10 October 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (until 10 October 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional conduct

The registered person:

1. took and posted four photographs on Facebook containing inappropriate images of staff at the School.

2. posted a photograph on Facebook which contained an inappropriate image of staff at the School.

Name: Rowan Clark
Employer at time of referral: Coleg Menai
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (without conditions)
Date Order made: 4 October 2018
Date Order takes effect: 4 October 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (Order will expire 4 October 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

The registered person:

1. completed test papers for a required unit and purported that these had been completed by the learners when this was not the case.

2. requested certificates for four learners despite the fact that:

(a) the learners had not completed one of the required units within their e-portfolios; and

(b) a required unit had not been internally verified, as required.

3. was dishonest in respect of paragraphs 1 and 2(a).

Name: Andrea Blakemore
Employer at time of referral: Mounty Airey Community and Infant School, Pembrokeshire
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 11 October 2018
Date Order takes effect: 11 October 2018
Date before which no application may be made by the person for eligibility for registration: 11 October 2020
Grounds for decision: Guilty of a relevant offence
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Relevant Offence:

Conviction: Battery

Name: Rebecca Ford
Employer at time of referral: Ysgol Bryn Castell, Bridgend
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 25 September 2018
Date Order takes effect: 25 September 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (order will expire 25 September 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. In or around June 2017, in respect of Pupil A, the registered person:

(a) allowed Pupil A to follow him/her on Instagram; and/or

(b) followed Pupil A on Instagram; and/or (c) exchanged messages on Instagram with Pupil A of an inappropriate nature.

2. As a result of the registered person’s conduct above, she breached the Staff Mobile Phone Policy and the Protocol for the Use of Social Media.

Name: Khalil Koash
Employer at time of referral: Cardiff and Vale College
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 21 September 2018
Date Order takes effect: 21 September 2018
Date before which no application may be made by the person for eligibility for registration: 21 September 2020
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Mr Koash:

•   sent a class home early, against the instructions of the manager

•   repeatedly did not produce work and complete tasks in relation to learner portfolios and/or assessments

•   recorded that learners were present in a class when they were in fact absent

•   allowed learners to discuss and hear, questions and/or answers which were the same or very similar to those included in a City and Guilds Unit 202 CAD short-answer test; and

•   carried out these actions either in advance of the written assessment, or during the course of an oral assessment, for that unit; and

•   acted in a way which was not consistent with City and Guilds guidelines, in that  he did not ensure that answers recorded in the assessment were the responses of individual candidates

•   lacked integrity

Name: Bethan Thomas
Rule 36 application: Eligibility for Registration following a Prohibition Order: Granted
Date of decision: 24 September 2018
Name: Marc Nurse
Employer at time of referral: Gower College Swansea
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (with conditions)
Date Order made: 11 September 2018
Date Order takes effect: 11 September 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (Order will expire 11 September 2020 provided Mr Nurse meets the condition of the Order within the timescale)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and relevant offence 
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Relevant Offence

1. On 31 May 2017 the registered person was convicted of assault by beating,

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

2. did not disclose to their employer the following matters when they were required to do so:

(a) That on 13 March 2017, had been arrested on suspicion of an offence of assault by beating;

(b) That on an unknown date between 13 March 2017 and 31 May 2017 was charged with one offence of assault by beating;

(c) That on 31 May 2017, were convicted of one offence of assault by beating.

3. The actions at paragraph 2 above amounted to a breach of the registrant’s contract of employment.

4. The actions at paragraph 2a and/or 2b and/or 2c, and or 3 above were dishonest.

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.

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