Posts Tagged ‘General Teaching Council for Wales’

Stay Away From You Students’ Facebook Pages

July 13, 2014


I know there is a strong argument that Twitter and Facebook are potentially wonderful tools for education, where the teacher can drive education, using the social media outlet that their students are so attached to.

But like with so many different areas, the worst individuals spoil it for everyone else.

In today’s day and age teachers should steer clear from communicating with their students on social media. It is just not appropriate. The fact that some teachers use it for good, is not a convincing argument. It is the few teachers that use for the evil that makes it imperative for teachers to give such contact a wide berth.

It’s stories like this that make it impossible for fair-minded teachers to friend a student on Facebook:

A teacher has been banned from the classroom after a disciplinary body found that he swore in front of pupils and made sexually suggestive and inappropriate remarks to them.

William Richard Jones, who was head of art at Ysgol Friars, a high school at Bangor, Gwynedd, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct following a hearing by the General Teaching Council for Wales.

Jones, who was friends with some of his pupils on Facebook, had inappropriate social contact with them and 10 of 11 allegations against him were proven.

Jones admitted that he commented on a photograph of a pupil on Facebook, writing: ‘Beautiful! I wish I was 34 years younger :-)xxxxx.’

And a second pupil said Mr Jones told her she looked ‘gorgeous’ in a photo she had on her mobile phone.


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Teacher Called Cops Because Students Planned to Sabotage Class Photograph

March 5, 2014

class photo

It is apparent that teachers are struggling to cope with classroom misbehaviour more now than in any other time. This often brings panic influenced, knee-jerk reactions to help pull students in to line.

The award for the wildest and most needlessly over the top reaction to student misbehaviour goes to this headmistress:

In a bizarre case, a strict headmistress of a UK primary school allegedly called police to thwart a students’ plan to not smile and spoil a school photograph.

Ann Hughes, the headmistress of a school in Anglesey, North Wales, found out some children were planning to “spoil” the picture and telephoned police, a professional conduct hearing was told.

It is alleged that an officer was invited into the village primary school to reprimand the pupils unwilling to pose correctly, The Mirror reported.

Hughes faces a catalogue of complaints including repeatedly calling one student “stupid” and favouring children whose first language was Welsh.

The committee of the General Teaching Council for Wales heard yesterday that she failed to investigate the bullying of two pupils, shouted excessively in the classroom and unnecessarily criticised children’s mistakes.

One pupil watched as Hughes tore his examination paper in front of him when he had spelt his middle name wrong, the hearing was told.

The school was engulfed in crisis in May 2011 when five of the six teachers simultaneously called in sick after earlier threatening industrial action following a vote of no confidence in Hughes.

Staff claimed there was a climate of “fear” at the school before the headmistress was suspended in July 2011 and later dismissed. The case is still continuing.


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