Corporal punishment in UK schools

Corporal punishment was prohibited in all state-supported education in 1986. The prohibition was extended to cover private schools in England and Wales in 1998, in Scotland in 2000, and in Northern Ireland in 2003. But in 2014 the Government confirmed that legislation does not prohibit corporal punishment in “unregistered independent settings providing part-time education”.

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Smacking to be banned in Scotland

Smacking children is to be banned in Scotland, the Scottish government has confirmed.

The move would make the country the first part of the UK to outlaw the physical punishment of children.

Ministers had previously said they did not support parents using physical chastisement, but had “no plans” to bring forward legislation of their own.

But the government has now confirmed it will ensure a bill lodged by Green MSP John Finnie will become law.

And it is understood that ministers will work with Mr Finnie to implement the bill in practice.

His proposals, which were out for consultation over the summer, would give children the same legal protection as adults.

At present, parents in Scotland can claim a defence of “justifiable assault” when punishing their child – although the use of an “implement” in any punishment is banned, as is shaking or striking a child on the head.

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The Guardian

Sussex music teacher banned over sexual relationships with pupils

A music teacher has been banned “indefinitely” from the classroom after striking up “disturbing” relationships with two pupils.

Nathan Waring, 37, “developed an inappropriate relationship” with a 12 year old while working at a boarding prep school in Eastbourne.

Despite warnings, his conduct continued towards a second girl when he took up a job at a boarding school in Norfolk.

A misconduct panel concluded that Mr Waring “showed no remorse“.

The hearing, led by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), found Mr Waring struck up a relationship with a girl – known as Pupil A – while working at St Bede’s Prep in Eastbourne, between 2004 and 2007.

He sent text messages of a sexual nature and kissed and touched her inappropriately, the NCTL panel heard.

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The Mirror

Jon Snow: C4 News presenter abused at Ardingly College aged 6

The Channel 4 News presenter, Jon Snow, was abused by a domestic servant at his boarding school when he was around six years old, in 1953.

It took him years to talk to anyone about his experience: ‘It is very, very difficult to do. But it’s an essential thing to do’.

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Wycombe Abbey boarding school teacher given lifetime teaching ban for sex with pupil

A drama teacher had sex with a former pupil at a top boarding school after sending her Valentines Day messages.

Matthew McGowan, 38, touched the girl’s bottom, pulled her close to him and stroked the insides of her thighs during rehearsals for a school play.

He also wrote ‘Happy Valentines’ Day from a secret admirer 😉 ‘ in the Year 13 pupil’s diary.

McGowan was a drama teacher at the £12,600 a term all girls boarding school Wycombe Abbey School in High Wycombe, Bucks, when the incidents took place in 2013.

He also gave her his personal email address in October 2014, wrote inappropriate messages on one or more occasions and gave her his private mobile number.

He also engaged in an inappropriate relationship with “Pupil A” after she left the school and engaged in sexual activity with her on school premises on one or more occasions.

McGowan was said to have tried to get the girl to lie to police and give a false account of the nature of their relationship during the police investigation in 2016.

Teacher misconduct panel outcome: Mr Matthew McGowan

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Daily Mail

With serious sexual abuse allegations, Christ’s Hospital school fights back. With a silly puff piece!

Who cares about the colour of their socks or whether the uniform is the oldest or looks like Hogwart’s? Why aren’t these young children being raised at home, instead of in a loveless, ancient, allegedly dangerous institution? When there are sexual predators about? Who is looking after your children?

“Breeches, knee socks and frock coats – meet the children starting school in Britain’s oldest uniform”

The Telegraph

Christ’s Hospital School teacher admits child sex attacks

A former teacher has admitted indecently assaulting schoolboys at a boarding school.

Peter Webb, 74, pleaded guilty to 11 charges related to abuse at Christ’s Hospital School, in Horsham, West Sussex, between 1974 and 1984.

The youngest of his victims was 11-years-old.

One more charge has been left on file at Lewes Crown Court. Webb, who now lives in France, will be sentenced on 12 October.

Three other men, who also taught at the school, are facing similar charges.

Gary Dobbie, 66, who lives in France, pleaded not guilty to 11 charges relating to two boys and two girls between 1990 and 1999.

James Andrew Husband, 67, from York pleaded not guilty to nine charges of indecent assault and rape against one girl between 1990 and 1993.

Both men will stand trial on 29 May next year.

Ajaz Karim, 62, from London, who is head of squash at Eton College, pleaded not guilty to nine indecent assaults and one attempted indecent assault on six females between 1985 and 1993. His trial was set for 3 April 2018.

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We can’t prevent Boarding School Syndrome so we will just take away their smartphones

Just when children and early teens need more private contact with their parents, one school plans to give them less…

Surrey boarding school BANS mobile phones

A Surrey boarding school has banned the use of mobile phones for year 9 and 10 pupils.

Cranleigh School is said to be the first in the UK to prohibit the use of the device for  its first two year groups.

The co-educational school in Surrey, educates pupils from age 13 to 18.

Staff claims that the move has proved popular with parents and pupils alike.

Deputy Head (Pastoral) Dr Andrea Saxel says: “We were already on the stricter end of smartphone use but this academic year we have decided to limit use in those two-year groups completely.

“Pupils have plenty of opportunity to contact home via private landlines and e-mail. [Not the same as being able to call or message their parents in private on their own phones without boarding schools monitoring their telephone calls and email messages.]

“There is extremely compelling evidence to show that constant access to social media sites is damaging to children’s self-esteem and mental health. [There is also compelling evidence of damage to children’s self-esteem and mental health from Boarding School Syndrome and other abuse at boarding school.]

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Former staff questioned over boarding school abuse claims

Five people have been questioned in connection with alleged historical abuse at three boarding schools.

The former teachers and members of staff have been interviewed under caution by Gloucestershire Police.

The men worked at Badgeworth Court and Dowdeswell Court near Cheltenham, and Clouds House near Salisbury.

Five other former school workers, including teachers, have already been arrested and bailed during the inquiry.

The allegations of physical and sexual abuse carried out on boys as young as seven date to the 1960s and 1980s. The schools are now closed.

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