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Hearing upholds misconduct charge against teacher.

Byline: Alan Selby Reporter

A TEACHER accused of dragging a special needs student across a floor had a misconduct charge against her upheld.

An investigating panel of the General Teaching Council for Wales said Claire Turner's actions were "not necessary, appropriate or proportionate in the circumstances". The senior teacher, who had worked at the Trinity Fields School in Caerphilly for 10 years, was accused of manhandling two pupils after separate complaints were made in 2012.

The second charge, that she roughly handled a girl with severe learning diffi-culties, was found not proven after witness evidence was branded inconsistent and unreliable. But on the first charge they said a credible witness had seen Turner dragging the boy backwards across the classroom and forcing him into a chair.

She must take training in child safeguarding and behaviour management before she can return to teaching.

They said Turner's claims the boy had been throwing himself on the floor and hitting staff were unreliable as there had been "no reference to this in any other statement or witness evidence".

Jacquie Turnbull, chairing the panel, said her conduct "fell short of the standard expected of a registered teacher".

A tearful Turner told the panel she had no plans to return to the profession after her reputation had been destroyed since the allegations against her.

She said: "I took a massive amount of pride in the job that I did. I loved it. Every day was different."


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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 14, 2014
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