Scores of staff at Essex schools put on concern list: Teaching union warns about false allegations

Zero tolerance – Jerry Glazier

Zero tolerance – Jerry Glazier

First published in Echo News

ALMOST 170 teaching staff are on a council list showing there are concerns about their working in schools.

They are not barred from working, but schools will be aware of the list of concerns, compiled by Essex County Council.

A total of 23 teachers and 14 other school workers have been added to the list in the past five years due to allegations of a sexual nature, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.

The majority of the teachers are on the list for accusations of a non-sexual nature, such as alleged assault.

Jerry Glazier, the National Union of Teachers’ general secretary for Essex, said, if teachers disputed the allegations or charges, this needed to be recorded on the list.

He said: “There have been some disputes where teachers have been concerned they have been misrepresented. Over the years, we have reached an accommodation where sometimes they are entitled to put an explanation or comment about it.

“The list is largely about inappropriate contact with students for non-sexual reasons, such as grabbing hold of someone’s arm.”

Mr Glazier said people convicted of sexual offences would be barred from working in schools due to being on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

He said: “The NUT is entirely committed to schools being safe places for anyone who works in them and for pupils being safe from sexual predators.

“We have a zero-tolerance approach.

“Unfortunately, pupils do make malicious allegations and it does serious damage to the teacher.

“They are often off work for many, many months as a result of allegations that come to nothing.”

He added the list was no longer comprehensive because academies report directly to the Department for Education, rather than the county council.

An Essex County Council spokesman said: “Employees on the list are those who have been flagged as people who may not be suitable for certain roles.

“They are aware of their inclusion and have the opportunity to appeal and make representations in accordance with the law.”

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2:05pm Fri 11 Apr 14

billericay boy says...

When I was at school, I had the slipper and the cain,was it a
headmasters fetish, or was it, do it again and you will get the same again. It did me no harm, I have been a good boy ever since.
When I was at school, I had the slipper and the cain,was it a headmasters fetish, or was it, do it again and you will get the same again. It did me no harm, I have been a good boy ever since. billericay boy
  • Score: 6

3:03pm Fri 11 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

They should look at school governors as well. Seems any loon can be one..including the dribbling poster on here who has an issue against immigrants and people from different cultures..
They should look at school governors as well. Seems any loon can be one..including the dribbling poster on here who has an issue against immigrants and people from different cultures.. ThisYear
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3:41pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

You just can't BEAT a good Thrashing.......
You just can't BEAT a good Thrashing....... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 1

3:50pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

All these people that they are concerned about will have been CRB checked won't they?
All these people that they are concerned about will have been CRB checked won't they? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

7:03pm Fri 11 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
All these people that they are concerned about will have been CRB checked won't they?
I dont believe school governors are..or were
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: All these people that they are concerned about will have been CRB checked won't they?[/p][/quote]I dont believe school governors are..or were ThisYear
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