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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: 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.

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