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Should a teacher who has been unfairly dismissed get less compensation if he assaults a pupil after his dismissal? The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decided that he should, in the case of Cumbria County Council v Bates
After his dismissal from Dowdales School, Bates assaulted a 16 year old girl who he had previously taught. The Employment Tribunal initially found they could not take this into account in deciding how much money he should be awarded for unfair dismissal from his job. The EAT disagreed. The fact of his six week prison sentence would mean that Mr Bates had damaged his own chances of getting future employment. The school should not therefore have to pay loss of earnings to Bates for a period that he would not have been working as a direct result of his own actions.
This is a welcome decision for schools, and all employers, involved in claims to the employment tribunal when they are faced with poor conduct of an employee after they are dismissed.
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Justine Greening has indicated that that the government will not be proceeding with the proposal in March’s white paper to remove the requirement for academy trusts to reserve places for elected parents on governing boards.
The new Education Secretary Justine Greening has paved the way for new Catholic schools to open as part of an overhaul of the system.
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