Malicious allegations blight teachers’ lives, says NASUWT

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More than 97% of allegations of unlawful behaviour made against NASUWT members in 2011 were unsubstantiated, according to union figures.

Of 64 allegations of criminal behaviour made against members of the union during 2011, only four resulted in court action. No further action was taken in the remaining 60 cases.

A total of 103 NASUWT members had criminal allegations made against them; 39 cases are yet to be concluded.

The figures have been released as representatives at the NASUWT’s Annual Conference in Birmingham debated a motion condemning the continuing blight on teachers’ careers, health and livelihoods from false and malicious allegations.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said:  “These figures demonstrate that the issue of false, malicious and unsubstantiated allegations against teachers continues to be an enduring problem.

“Teachers’ fear of having allegations made against them is very real, yet four out of five did not feel that current protections for teachers are adequate.

“The Coalition government has made bold promises of handing power back to teachers, but the new powers to search and restrain pupils, which teachers did not want, will leave them even more vulnerable to allegations and litigation.

“The fear of having an allegation made against them is compounded by the fact that even if they are exonerated, their career will be permanently blighted by the fact that the allegation will remain on record.

“Urgent action is needed to bring in statutory provisions to cover the recording and reporting of allegations on a teacher’s file.”


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