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DfE issues new guidance on teacher misconduct

20 January 2014

Schools dealing with disciplinary issues arising out of teacher conduct must consider new guidance issued by the DfE. Where a teacher receives a conviction or caution for ‘sexual misconduct’ (rather than for ‘serious sexual misconduct’ as referred to in previous guidance) or for any activity involving indecent images of a child, they should be considered for a prohibition order. Further, a lifetime prohibition order should be considered in cases of serious sexual misconduct and any activity involving indecent images of a child.

The guidance shows a clear and understandable toughening in approach to this type of offence. Schools will be expected to follow the government lead and take an equally tough stance where such cases arise to maintain the confidence of the public and ultimately, to ensure the safety of pupils.

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