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Banned Dolan remains defiant; The World Today.

A SCIENCE teacher who secretly filmed shocking scenes of pupil misbehaviour for a TV documentary remained unrepentant last night despite being banned from the classroom for a year.

Alex Dolan said she was "shocked and saddened" that a General Teaching Council panel found her guilty of unacceptable professional conduct for raising matters of vital public interest.

The GTC panel ruled that Ms Dolan, who also exposed apparent attempts to dupe Ofsted inspectors, breached the trust of pupils and abused her position while recording secret footage at four schools in London and Leeds in 2005.

In its judgment, the panel said it did not accept that the public interest issues raised by the film, part of Channel 4's Dispatches series, justified the use of covert filming.

But Ms Dolan, who was suspended from the teaching register for 12 months, said she still considered that she acted fairly and in the wider public interest in exposing the damage done by disruptive behaviour in the classroom.

In a statement she said: "This is a sad day for investigative journalism.

"Programmes like Dispatches have an important role to play in drawing to the attention of the public matters of concern whether these are in hospitals, within the police force or in schools.

"I find it beyond comprehension that the GTC can spend three years investigating me when they should be looking on their own doorstep.

"Instead they have decided to sweep it under the carpet and persecute the whistleblower."

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