Pontypool deputy head banned from teaching for life
11:30am Friday 4th January 2013 in News
A DEPUTY head teacher was given a lifetime ban from the profession after being found guilty of serious professional incompetence.
Wyn Jones Rees who worked at Ysgol Bryn Onnen in Varteg, Pontypool, was handed an indefinite prohibition order, which specifically states he can never apply to the be restored to the Register of Qualified Teachers.
A spokesman for the General Teaching Council for Wales said hearings for incompetence were rare, as were lifetime banning orders, as most teachers could at least re-apply to be reinstalled, even if it was rejected.
A hearing held in Mr Rees’ absence in November proved ten out of 11 allegations of serious failings dating back to June 2010.
These included leaving pupils’ books unmarked for months at a time, failing to carry out weekly planning, failing to monitor pupil progress and not amending pupils’ plans to ensure they were progressing.
He also did not implement, monitor, and evaluate teaching plans, did not develop science and music provision across the school, failed to develop assessments across the school and did not give guidance to staff or run the school competently in the absence of the head teacher.
The panel heard Mr Rees, who was the school’s literacy co-ordinator, also failed to develop performance management targets for some teachers and did not lead and manage staff effectively.
One allegation that he did not keep work areas tidy was not proved because other staff used the same areas.
The panel said: “There is significant risk of Mr Rees repeating these serious failings and we do not consider that a suspension order would be a sufficient protection for pupils, or for maintaining public trust and confidence in the teaching professions.
We therefore decided to impose a prohibition order.
“The allegations we have found proved constitute serious professional incompetence sustained over a period of time, which impacted on pupils and staff.”
Concerns were first raised about the Year 5 and 6 teacher following an inspection by Estyn in June 2010. The hearing heard he was set targets to improve in September 2011, but did not meet them.
He expressed no regret for his actions, offered no apology and provided no testimonials from colleagues in support of him, the panel heard.
Torfaen council said it could not comment on the matter but said Mr Rees left his post voluntarily.