Ex-Queen Ethelburga boarding school teacher banned for pupil relationship

A former teacher who had a sexual relationship with a sixth form pupil has been banned from teaching for life.

Dr Howard Britton, 64, taught economics at fee-paying boarding school Queen Ethelburga’s School, near York, between 2001 and 2005.

A disciplinary panel heard his sexual relationship with the girl began on the day of her final exams.

Dr Britton stopped teaching after the relationship ended due to his “disgust” at his behaviour, the panel heard.

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Australia child abuse inquiry: Final recommendations released

A five-year inquiry into child sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, making more than 400 recommendations.

The royal commission uncovered harrowing evidence of sexual abuse within institutions, including churches, boarding schools and sports clubs.

Since 2013, it has referred more than 2,500 allegations to authorities.

The final report, released on Friday, added 189 recommendations to 220 that had already been made public.

Tens of thousands of children have been sexually abused in many Australian institutions. We will never know the true number,” the report said.

“It is not a case of a few ‘rotten apples’. Society’s major institutions have seriously failed.”

Religious ministers and school teachers were the most commonly reported perpetrators, the report said.

[Two inquiries in the UK into sexual abuse of children in boarding schools and other institutions are ongoing…]

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Teaching misconduct: Sexual impropriety dominates lifetime bans. But how many bans in boarding schools?

Three quarters of teachers banned from the profession for life last year were excluded for sexual misconduct – with the remainder committing fraud and exam malpractice, or intentionally misleading job applications.

Schools Week analysis of the 135 hearings carried out by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017, showed 36 of the 49 teachers kicked out for good had faced allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour, ranging from watching pornography in class to having sexual relationships with underage pupils.

The others were given lifetime bans for misdemeanours including fraud (three teachers), exam malpractice (two), and intentionally misleading in job applications and other documents (four).

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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

Repton School teacher banned from teaching for sexually assaulting pupil

Teacher at private boarding school is banned from the classroom after putting his hand on a pupil’s bottom and telling her she was sending his blood pressure soaring

  • John Mitchell, 41, groped 16-year-old girl at Repton School in Derby
  • When she bent over, he told her: ‘Bloody hell. You’ll give me a coronary’
  • Father-of-four touched her leg when he drove her home after school event
  • He was cautioned by police for engaging in sexual activity with the pupil
  • Disciplinary panel banned him from teaching for minimum of two years

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The Sun

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

Private schools repeatedly fail school standards but stay open

Almost 200 small independent schools are still open despite repeatedly failing to reach Ofsted standards, according to new Schools Week analysis, suggesting the government needs to do more to intervene.

In the past three years, 190 non-associated private schools failed the independent school standards but stayed open, and 48 per cent are still open despite falling short twice or more. Just three have closed.

Independent schools can fail across five main areas: safeguarding, health and safety; moral and social development of pupils; premises and accommodation; complaints procedures; and the quality of education, including teaching and the curriculum.

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