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Two year classroom ban for teacher

Created on 11/10/2012 @ 12:43

Despite being cleared by a jury two and a half years ago a female deputy head teacher has been banned from teaching for two years.

The written decision to impose the ban says that she can apply to be restored to the profession after two years. She has the right to challenge the ban at the High Court.

The panel found that she engaged in inappropriate communications with 16-year old Pupil A, including sending 644 text messages between December 2007 and July 2008 and four e-mails. It found that she failed to maintain professional boundaries with Pupil A, though the findings make it clear that she is not alleged to have had any kind of sexual relationship with the boy.

Giving the decision on behalf of the Secretary of State, Teaching Agency deputy director Alan Meyrick said: “Ms McKenzie failed to observe professional boundaries. Her behaviour also set a poor example to her colleagues and placed others in the school at risk.”

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