Letter: Abusive teachers
Tuesday 03 November 1998
This is not the case. My comments related to teachers dismissed by my authority for abusive acts against children. We have put their cases to the Department of Education and Employment for inclusion on List 99, the national register of staff banned from working in schools. They have been rejected by the DfEE, usually because there is no criminal conviction of the teacher. We have satisfied ourselves and the schools' governors sufficiently of their guilt to sack them and ban them from our schools. However, because of the unrealistically high standards of proof required for List 99, they are free to teach anywhere else in the country.
Those of us working in this field have to ensure children's safety and adequately protect teachers' employment rights. Under the current system we have got the balance wrong, and it is not in favour of the children.
Assistant Director of Education
East Sussex County Council
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