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Forthcoming Fitness to Practise Committee Hearings

Details of a forthcoming hearing will appear here five working days before it is due to take place.

Members of the education professions, the press and the public can attend Fitness to Practise Committee hearings of the Education Workforce Council (EWC) and a small number of observer places are available for this purpose. If you wish to attend as an observer, you are asked to contact the EWC on 029 2046 0099. In attending a hearing, observers are asked to bear in mind the following points:

  • Hearings are subject to sudden cancellation or postponement. Those travelling long distances are advised to confirm that a hearing is still taking place by telephoning the EWC on or shortly before the day of the hearing;

  • Hearings are held in public in accordance with the Human Rights Act. However, a registered person can request that all or part of a hearing be held in private. The Committee will consider any such request on the day of the hearing. Where all or any part of a hearing is held in private, this will not be open to observers.

If you are a member of the press and wish to attend a hearing listed here, you must contact the EWC in the first instance on 029 2046 0099. Should you not do so in advance of the hearing date, the Council cannot guarantee your place as an observer.

Further information for hearing observers can be found here . This information is general, and in all circumstances, The Education Workforce Council (Main Functions)(Wales) Regulations 2015, as amended and the EWC's  Disciplinary Procedures and Rules 2017  take precedence.

Committee: Fitness to Practise Committee
Date: Tuesday, 24 to Thursday , 26 October 2017
Time: 10:00am
Venue: Jury’s Inn, Cardiff
Employer at the time of the allegations: Chepstow School
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

The registered person:

1. On 19 November 2015, the registered person engaged in inappropriate physical contact with Pupil J.

Committee: Fitness to Practise Committee
Date: Thursday 19, Friday 20, Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 October 2017
Time: 10:00am
Venue: The Village Hotel, Coryton Cardiff and The Copthorne Hotel, Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff
Employer at the time of the allegations: Heolddu Comprehensive School, Caerphilly
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. In or around 2012, during a School Governors meeting on an unknown date the registered person referred to and/or compared members of staff to “the Taliban”;

2. On an unknown date the registered person provided one or more pupils with Key Skills coursework from Pontypridd High School to copy;

3. On one or more occasions on an unknown date or dates the registered person dictated coursework to a pupil and/or pupils;

4. In 2006, during a professional development interview the registered person told Colleague A that they would be Assistant Head Teacher within two years “so long as they didn’t get pregnant”, or words to that effect;

5. On unknown dates, the registered person used intimidating and/or threatening behaviour towards members of staff;

6. On an unknown date, the registered person failed to deal appropriately with allegations of bullying by members of the senior management team, in that when Colleague B reported that Colleague C was being aggressive towards her, the registered person told Colleague B to “kiss and make up”, or words to that effect;

7. The registered person placed unreasonable demands on members of staff in respect of:

a) Attending events which were not during core school hours and which did not form part of directed time;

b) Requesting that staff members correct registers from days and/or months before.

8. The registered person did not consult with members of staff about changes:

a) made to School policies;

b) to School hierarchy;

c) to exam structure;

d) to the School calendar;

9. In relation to Teaching and Learning Responsibilities (TLR) payments:

a) The registered person failed to ensure that teaching staff were receiving appropriate TLR payments for their role.

b) The registered person told one or more members of staff who were not receiving TLR payments that they were receiving an “Irish Promotion”, or words to that effect.

10. The registered person failed to make one or more staff appointment in a fair and transparent way.

11. On an unknown date the registered person offered one or more members of staff better pay and/or positions at the School on the condition they left their union.

12. The registered person failed to follow guidance set out in the ‘School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2012 and Guidance on School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions’, in particular:

a) Paragraph 56.6 – to ‘promote the safety and well-being of pupils and staff’;

b) Paragraph 56.10 – to ‘promote harmonious working relationships within the school’;

c) Paragraph 56.11 – to ‘maintain relationships with organisations representing teachers and other members of the school’s workforce’;

d) Paragraph 56.12 – to ‘lead and manage the school’s workforce with a proper regard for their well-being and legitimate expectations, including the expectation of a healthy balance between work and other commitments’;

e) Paragraph 56.18 – to ‘consult and communicate with the governing body, staff, pupils, parents and carers’.

f) Paragraph 56.19 – to ‘collaborate and work with colleagues and other relevant professionals within and beyond the school including relevant external agencies and bodies’.

13. The registered person’s conduct at paragraphs 2 and/or 3 and/or 7(b) was dishonest.

Committee: Fitness to Practise Committee
Date: Tuesday, 17 to Thursday, 19 October 2017
Time: 10:00am
Venue: The Jury’s Inn, Cardiff
Employer at the time of the allegations: The Court School
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.

c) Whilst holding Pupil A by his forearm or wrist the registered person briskly escorted him from the classroom.

2. The registered person 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.

Committee: Fitness to Practise Committee
Date: Monday, 16 to Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Time: 10:00am
Venue: The Village Hotel St David’s, Ewloe
Employer at the time of the allegations: Grwp Llandrillo Menai
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; and/or b) Approximately four to six College tablets; and/or c) An unknown number of memory cards.

6. During the 2015-2016 academic year, in relation to students in Year 2 and/or any of your 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) and/or 5(b) and/or 5(c) was dishonest.

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