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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: 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.

Name: Andrew Keith SUDLOW
Employer at time of referral: New Direction Recruitment Ltd
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (with conditions)
Date Order made: 6 October 2017
Date Order takes effect: 6 October 2017
Duration of the Order: 11 months (until 6 September 2018)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional conduct

Between September and December 2016, the registered person sent friend requests to female pupils and / or ex- female pupils on Facebook.

Name: Joanne Bailey
Employer at time of referral: St Joseph’s Catholic School , Port Talbot
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 9 October 2017
Date Order takes effect: 9 October 2017
Duration of the Order: 2 years (Order will expire 9 October 2019)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. On or around 17 June 2016, the registered person was absent from work having informed the School that his or her son was ill, when this was not the case.

2. On or around 3 October 2016, the registered person:

a) told colleagues that the registered person’s son had been knocked unconscious and had to be taken to Accident and Emergency, when this was not the case; and/or

b) was absent from School from around 10am onwards as the registered person reported he or she had to leave to be with his or her son, when this was not the case; and/or

c) telephoned a colleague and told her that the registered person was with his or her son in hospital, when this was not the case; and/or

d) sent a text message to a colleague or colleagues, advising that the registered person’s son had concussion and needed to stay in hospital for the night so would not be in School on 4 October 2016, when this was not the case.

3. On 5 October 2016, the registered person informed colleagues during a return to work interview that his or her son had been knocked out and that the registered person had been with him in hospital, when this was not the case.

4. The registered person’s conduct as described in paragraph 1, and/or 2(a) and/or 2(b) and/or 2(c) and/or 2(d) and/or 3 was dishonest.

Name: Nicholas John POOLE
Employer at time of referral: Sir Thomas Picton School, Haverfordwest
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 3 October 2017
Date Order takes effect: 3 October 2017
Duration of the Order: 3 October 2023 (6 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. On or around 21 October 2015, Dr Poole authorised his pay progression without:

a) a Performance Management Panel review meeting taking place to agree that he had either met and/or made significant progress towards his targets, or

b) having received prior approval from the Pay Review Committee.

2. On or around 21 October 2015, Dr Poole recommended to the Pay Review Committee that members of the Senior Leadership Team received pay progression when he had not completed their Performance Management review.

3. On or around 21 October 2015, Dr Poole reversed the decision made by the Pay Review Committee not to award members of staff pay increments without referring this back to the Committee for approval.

4. Dr Poole’s actions in paragraphs:

a) 1(a), 1(b) and 2 breached the Statutory School Teacher Appraisal (Wales) Regulations 2011; and

b) 1(a), 1(b) and 2 breached the School’s Performance Management Procedure; and

c) 1(a), 1(b), 2 and 3 above, breached the School’s Pay Policy.

Name: Dafydd Lloyd
Employer at time of referral: Queen Elizabeth High School, Carmarthen
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (with condition)
Date Order made: 29 September 2017
Date Order takes effect: 29 September 2017
Duration of the Order: 12 months (until 29 September 2018)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable professional conduct

1. On or around 15 March 2016, the registered person made inappropriate comments to Pupil A in that he stated words to the effect of:

(a) ‘I’ve got to get something off my chest, I want to talk to you about the L word, do you know what that is?’;

(b) ‘I’ve got to tell you I love you, do you have the same feelings for me’;

(c) ‘You mustn’t tell anybody’.

2. The registered person’s conduct at 1 above was inappropriate.

Name: Christian David Powell
Employer at time of referral: Pontllanfraith Comprehensive School
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 29 August 2017
Date Order takes effect: 29 August 2017
Duration of the Order: 29 August 2017 (2 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of a relevant offence
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Relevant Offence

Conviction: Concerned in production by another of controlled drug – Class B – cannabis

Name: Nancy Jenkins
Employer at time of referral: Coleg Ceredigion
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 7 July 2017
Date Order takes effect: 7 July 2017
Duration of the Order: 2 years (Order will expire 7 July 2019)
Grounds for decision: Unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

The registered person:

1. Between 2014 and 2016, engaged in inappropriate communication with Learner A in person and/or via WhatsApp in that the registered person:

i) Made inappropriate comments about other learners and/or members of staff;

ii) Used inappropriate language.

2. Between 2014 and 2016, made inappropriate comments to learners in that the registered person stated, words to the effect of:

i) ‘give me some f***ing energy’;

ii) ‘it’s so annoying that you’re so quiet; project your voice’;

iii) ‘Fred the Shred! What the f**k!’.

Name: Andrew BATTLE
Employer at time of referral: St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 4 July 2017
Date Order takes effect: 4 July 2017
Duration of the Order: 4 July 2022 (5 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

The registered person:

1. Between approximately September 2014 and 20 May 2015, sent Pupil C emails which were inappropriate due to:

a) their content; and/or

b) their frequency.

2. On 19 May 2015, suggested Pupil C delete emails so that no-one could see them.

The registered persons’ conduct as described at paragraph 2 was dishonest.

The registered persons’ conduct as described at paragraph 1 was sexually motivated.

Name: Adeyinka ILEYEMI
Employer at time of referral: Cardiff and Vale College
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 29 June 2017
Date Order takes effect: 29 June 2017
Duration of the Order: 29 June 2023 (6 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of serious professional incompetence and unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Serious Professional Incompetence

1. Between January 2016 and April 2016 the registered person demonstrated poor teaching methods in that he:

(a) failed to engage with the learners in his class;

(b) repeated work already undertaken by the learners in his class.

2. The registered person demonstrated poor classroom management

3. A judged observation was undertaken of the registered person’s lesson and he received an overall score of ‘unsatisfactory’

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

4. The registered person did not follow the College’s procedure for booking leave.

Name: Victoria Kidwell
Employer at time of referral: New Directions Education Recruitment Ltd Capita Education Resourcing
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 28 June 2017
Date Order takes effect: 28 June 2017
Duration of the Order: 2 years (Order will expire 28 June 2019)
Grounds for decision: Unacceptable professional conduct / a relevant offence
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Relevant Offence

1. Conviction: Driving a motor vehicle with excess alcohol

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

2. When applying for registration with the Education Workforce Council the registered person failed to declare the above conviction.

Name: Matthew NICHOLS
Employer at time of referral: Ysgol Bryn Alyn, Wrexham
Disciplinary Order: Prohibition Order
Date Order made: 20 June 2017
Date Order takes effect: 20 June 2017
Duration of the Order: 20 June 2019 (2 years)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

The registered person:

1. between August 2015 and September 2015, engaged in inappropriate communication with Pupil A via:

a) Instagram and/or

b) text message;

2. between July 2015 and August 2015, engaged in inappropriate communication with Pupil B via:

a) Snapchat and/or

b) Facebook;

The registered person’s conduct at paragraphs 1(a), 1(b), 2(a) and 2(b) breached the school’s: a) Child Protection Policy and/or b) Staff Acceptable Use of School ICT Facilities policy

The registered person’s conduct at paragraph 1(b) was sexually motivated.

Name: Matthew BLACKLIDGE
Employer at time of referral: King Henry VIII School, Abergavenny
Disciplinary Order: Reprimand
Date Order made: 19 June 2017
Date Order takes effect: 19 June 2017
Duration of the Order: 2 years (Order will expire 19 June 2019)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

The registered person:

1. accepted an invitation to join a Facebook Messenger group, whose members included pupils of the School.

2. commented on an image of a Pupil A’s penis that was posted within the Facebook Group.

3. sent inappropriate communications within the Facebook Group.

Name: Gareth Hunter
Employer at time of referral: Grwp Llandrillo Menai
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order (without conditions
Date Order made: 14 June 2017
Date Order takes effect: 14 June 2017
Duration of the Order: 6 months (until 14 December 2017)
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and relevant offences
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Relevant Offences

1. Conviction: Assault occasioning actual bodily harm

2. Conviction: Racially aggravated common assault/ beating

3. Conviction: Racially aggravated common assault/beating

4. Conviction: Criminal damage to property (value of £5000 or less)

Unacceptable professional conduct

5. Conditional Caution: Criminal damage to property (value of £5000 or less)

Name: Daniel Rickard
Employer at time of referral: Bridgend County Borough Council
Disciplinary Order: Suspension Order
Date Order made: 9 June 2017
Date Order takes effect: 9 June 2017
Duration of the Order: Until 31 May 2018
Grounds for decision: Guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
Nature of the matter before the Committee:

Unacceptable Professional Conduct

1. During a School trip to Berlin the registered person’s conduct towards Pupil A was inappropriate in that he:

i) allowed Pupil A to consume alcohol; and

ii) was alone with Pupil A during part of the night; and

iii) made inappropriate remarks to Pupil A; and i

iv) remained in the bar area with Pupil A until approximately 6am.

2. On 18 February 2016, the registered person told Colleague A:

i) “you know [Pupil A]? I’ve just smashed her” or words to that effect; and

ii) that he had sex with Pupil A in the hostel basement and discussed details relating to this; and

iii) that he could “tick it off [your] bucket list now” or words to that effect.

3. On 22 February 2016, the registered person sent a text message to Colleague A in which he stated words to the effect of “…Worse thing is in the same situation I’d probably do it again ;) lol”.

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