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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: Paul Napier
Employer at time of referral: NCG
Disciplinary Order: Conditional Registration Order
Date Order made: 14 March 2019
Date Order takes effect: 14 March 2019
Duration of the Order: For 12 months from the date Mr Napier gains employment for which EWC registration is required.
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional conduct

1. In relation to approximately 24 learners’ completion dates, Mr Napier:

(a) approved; and

(b) allowed; they be back-dated to the 2015/16 contract year, when the 24 learners had not completed their learning.

2. In the event Mr Napier was not personally responsible for the matters referred to in paragraph 1 above, he knew, or reasonably ought to have known, in his position as the Director of Wales, that this practice was taking place.

3. Mr Napier’s conduct at paragraph 1 or 2 created inaccurate performance statistics.

4. Mr Napier’s conduct as outlined at paragraph 1 or 2 was:

(a) misleading; and

(b) dishonest; and

(c) demonstrated a lack of integrity.

Name: Carey Jones
Employer at time of referral: Crownbridge School, Torfaen
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (without conditions)
Date Order made: 6 March 2019
Date Order takes effect: 6 March 2019
Duration of the Order: 15 months (Order will expire 6 June 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. Between or around January 2014 and December 2016, Miss Jones failed to disclose to the School the information of a safeguarding nature as set out at Appendix A.

2. Miss Jones’ conduct as outlined at paragraph 1 above displayed a lack of integrity.

Name: Matthew Tucker
Employer at time of referral: Coleg y Cymoedd
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 8 March 2019
Date Order takes effect: 8 March 2019
Duration of the Order: 2 years (until 8 March 2021)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and relevant offence
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional conduct

1. On 9 January 2018, the registered person received a Conditional Caution for an offence of battery, contrary to Section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. Relevant offence

2. On 7 August 2007, the registered person was convicted of Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm contrary to Section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. The registered person was ordered to pay a fine of £300 and compensation of £200.

Name: Alex Wynne Jones
Employer at time of referral: Denbighshire County Council
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 14 February 2019
Date Order takes effect: 14 February 2019
Date before which no application may be made by the person for eligibility for registration: 14 February 2021
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and a relevant offence
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

Mr Jones:

5) On unknown dates in May and/or June 2017, whilst attending Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn, engaged in inappropriate conduct towards female members of staff, in that he:

a) sang love songs to Colleague A; and

b) sang love songs to Colleague B; and

c) asked a Teaching Assistant to tell Colleague B that he wanted her phone number in order to take her out on a date;

6) On an unknown date in or around June 2017, behaved inappropriately towards Colleague C, in that he:

a) grabbed her; and

b) attempted to kiss her; and

c) exposed his penis to her; and

d) made a lewd comment to her; and

e) threatened her.

7. On 1 July 2017, engaged in inappropriate conduct towards a 15 year old girl, Child A, in that, he:

a) told her she was gorgeous; and/or

b) gave her his phone number; and/or

c) said words to the effect of “if she wanted piano lessons then to give him a call”; and

d) winked at her.

Relevant Offence

On 26 September 2018, Mr Jones was convicted of the following offences at Stanraer Sheriff Court:

a) Careless Driving, contrary to Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. As a consequence of this offence, Mr Jones was ordered to pay a fine of £150 and had his driving licence endorsed.

b) Minor Road Traffic Offence, contrary to Section 170(2) & (4) of the Road Traffic Act 1988. As a consequence of this offence, Mr Jones was ordered to pay a fine of £150 and had his driving licence endorsed.

c) Minor Road Traffic Offence, contrary to Section 170(3) & (4) of the Road Traffic Act 1988. As a consequence of the offence, Mr Jones received an admonishment and had his driving licence endorsed.

d) Driving over the limit – alcohol, contrary to Section 5(1)(a) of the Road Traffic Act 1988. As a consequence of this offence, Mr Jones was ordered to pay a fine of £300, was disqualified from driving for 18 months and had his driving licence endorsed.

Name: Tony MCGUIRE
Employer at time of referral: Coleg Y Cymoedd
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 31 January 2019
Date Order takes effect: 31 January 2019
Date before which no application may be made by the person for eligibility for registration: 31 January 2021
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 or around 10 August 2017, disclosed to Learner A personal information relating to another learner.

2. On or around 16 August 2017, during a conversation with Learner A, asked inappropriate questions and/or made inappropriate comments, including one or more of the following:

b) Who Learner A lived with;

d) Whether Learner A’s brother lived with her;

e) Whether Learner A was a “baby sister”;

f) Whether Learner A’s grandfather was “still around”, or words to that effect ;

g) Whether Learner A was close to her grandfather;

h) Whether Learner A used to go out with Person B; and/or

i) That Learner A was now going out with Person C.

3. When applying for registration with the Education Workforce Council on 9 June 2017, failed to declare, as required by Part 8 (a) of the application, that he had been convicted of the offence set out at paragraph 7 below.

4. When applying for registration with the Education Workforce Council on 7 December 2017, failed to declare, as required by Part 8 (a) of the application, that:

a) he had been convicted of the offence set out at paragraph 7 below;

b) he had been dismissed on 17 August 2017 by Coleg Y Cymoedd. 5. His actions at paragraphs 3 and/or 4 were misleading

Relevant Offence

6. On 3 June 2013, the registered person was convicted of the offence of criminal damage at Cardiff Crown Court. As a consequence of this offence, he was sentenced on 26 June 2013 to imprisonment for 24 months wholly suspended for 24 months, with an unpaid work requirement of 300 hours.

Name: Robert Davies
Employer at time of referral: Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 5 February 2019
Date Order takes effect: 5 February 2019
Date before which no application may be made by the person for eligibility for registration: 5 February 2021 (2 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

Mr Davies:

1. In or around Autumn term 2016, on one or more occasions, made inappropriate comments towards pupils, including one or more of the following, or words to that effect:

(a) Calling Pupil A a slag and/or a prostitute; and/or

(b) Saying that Pupil A would ‘die with her legs open’; and/or

(c) Saying to Pupil B that she could be a lap dancer on his bus;

3. In or around autumn term 2016, engaged in inappropriate behaviour involving pupils, in that he:

(a) smacked Pupil D’s bottom.

(b) took and/or allowed photographs and/or videos to be taken by pupil(s) in which he displayed inappropriate gestures.

4. In or around autumn term 2016, made an inappropriate gesture towards Pupil A, in front of other pupils.

Name: Damian Paine
Employer at time of referral: NPTC Group
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 30 January 2019
Date Order takes effect: 30 January 2019
Duration of the Order: 2 years (until 30 January 2021)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional conduct

The registered person behaved inappropriately/unprofessionally towards learners and staff and owned and/or was involved in the operation of a business, contrary to his contract of employment.

Name: Karen Freeman
Employer at time of referral: Hawthorn Primary School
Disciplinary Order: Conditional Registration Order
Date Order made: 15 January 2019
Date Order takes effect: 15 January 2019
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

The Registered person:

1. On 17 December 2014, left Child A in a room that was:

a) not fit for purpose; and/or

b) unsafe; and/or

c) unsupervised.

2. Their actions at paragraph 1 above:

a) breached the School’s Health and Safety Policy; and/or

b) caused distress to Child A.

Name: Kristian Sims
Employer at time of referral: Itec Skills and Employment
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 8 January 2019
Date Order takes effect: 8 January 2019
Duration of the Order: 2 years (order will expire 8 January 2021)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of a Relevant Offence
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Relevant Offence

On 13 February 2018, Mr Sims was convicted of assault by beating contrary to Section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. As a consequence of this offence, Mr Sims was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 8 weeks suspended for a period of 12 months, and was subject to an unpaid work requirement of 100 hours.

Name: Kathryn Hapgood
Employer at time of referral: Llanwern High School, Newport
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (with conditions)
Date Order made: 18 December 2018
Date Order takes effect: 18 December 2018
Duration of the Order: 18 months (Order will expire 18 June 2020 provided Ms Hapgood 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. In relation to the Oxford and Cambridge qualifications for Information Technology for the school year 2015/2016, the registered person:

(a) did not ensure that coursework in relation to Key Stage 4 was uploaded to the Repository before the deadline to do so;

(b) did not ensure that Key Stage 4 work uploaded on or around 30 September 2016 was complete and/or the correct work;

(c) did not ensure that the internal assessment outcome for each Key Stage 5 student was submitted before the deadline to do so; and/or

(d) did not ensure that students’ work was complete and/or available for moderation, in advance of the visit of the moderator in relation to Key Stage 5 learners.

2. As a result of the omission(s) set out in paragraph 1, grades were not awarded:

(a) at Key Stage 4 in relation to up to 35 students; and/or

(b) at Key Stage 5 in relation to up to 3 students.

Enw: Peter Rogers
Cyflogwr ar adeg cyfeirio'r achos: Cyfartha High School, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Gorchymyn Disgyblu: Prohibition Order
Dyddiad cyflwyno'r Gorchymyn: 18 December 2018
Dyddiad daw'r Gorchymyn i rym: 18 December 2018
Dyddiad cynharaf y gall y person wneud cais i fod yn gymwys i gofrestru: 18 December 2020
Sail y penderfyniad: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Natur y mater gerbron y Pwyllgor:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

Mr Rogers:

1.On one or more occasion, in or around July 2017, sent topless photograph(s) of himself to Pupil A via social media.

2.In or around July 2017, sent messages to Pupil A of an inappropriate nature and/or posted messages of an inappropriate nature on social media.

3.Your actions described above at paragraphs 1 and 2 breached a) the School’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy; b) the School’s E-Safety Policy.

Name: Leon Bansal
Employer at time of referral: Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 4 December 2018
Date Order takes effect: 4 December 2018
Date before which no application may be made by the person for eligibility for registration: 4 December 2020
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and a relevant offence
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

Mr Bansal:

1. between approximately February 2015 and November 2016, did not inform his employer that he had been cautioned by Dyfed-Powys Police on 22 February 2015 for the offence of Possessing Controlled Drug-class A-other, contrary to section 5(2) of the Misuse of Drugs Acts 1971.

2. between December 2016 and April 2017, did not inform his employer that he had: a) been charged with the offence of Stalking, contrary to Section 2A(1) and (4) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997; and/or b) been summoned to attend court for that offence.

3. In respect of his actions at paragraphs 1, 2a, and 2b above: a) demonstrated a lack of integrity; and b) was dishonest; and c) was in breach of Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council’s Disciplinary Rules Policy (in relation to allegations 2a and 2b above only).

4. on 7 October 2013, was cautioned by South Wales Police for the offence of using disorderly behaviour or threatening, abusive, insulting words likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, contrary to section 5(1)(a) of the Public Order Act 1986.

5. on 22 February 2015, was cautioned by Dyfed-Powys Police for the offence of possessing controlled drug - class A - other, contrary to section 5(2) of the Misuse of Drugs Acts 1971.

Relevant Offence

6. Between 28 November 2016 and 9 December 2016, Mr Bansal pursued a course of conduct which amount to stalking, which he knew, or ought to have known amounted to harassment. As a result, he was convicted on 1 June 2017 at Mid Wales (Merthyr Tydfil) Magistrates’ Court of Stalking, contrary to Section 2A(1) and (4) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, for which he was sentenced on 1 June 2017 to imprisonment for 10 weeks, wholly suspended for 12 months, made subject to a rehabilitation activity requirement, unpaid work requirement of 100 hours and a restraining order which is in place until 31 May 2022.

Name: Steven Birdwood
Employer at time of referral: NPTC Group
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (without conditions)
Date Order made: 14 November 2018
Date Order takes effect: 14 November 2018
Duration of the Order: 2 years (Order will expire 14 May 2020)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

The registered person:

1. took unauthorised absence from NPTC on one or more dates between 8 September 2016 and 21 September 2016.

2. took unauthorised absence from NPTC on one or more dates between 29 September 2016 and 7 October 2016.

3. contravened NPTC Annual Leave Guidance Procedures in relation to paragraph 1.

4. contravened NPTC Annual Leave Guidance Procedures in relation to paragraph 2.

5. undertook work and/or arranged for learners to undertake work on privately owned cars on College property without:

a) ensuring that the relevant insurances were in place; and/or

b) notifying Human Resources and/or seeking the approval of the Chief Executive to do so.

6. contravened clause 21 of his contract of employment in relation to paragraph 5b.

7. was dishonest in respect of paragraph 2.

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: 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: 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.

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