Sex-toys college tutor struck off

TUTOR: Shane Weston, who was today struck off the teaching register, was a teacher at the Coleg Gwent City of Newport campus

TUTOR: Shane Weston, who was today struck off the teaching register, was a teacher at the Coleg Gwent City of Newport campus

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A NEWPORT teacher who showed his own sex toys-selling website to a classroom and discussed sex fetishes with his students has been struck off the teaching register.

Shane Weston, a former multi-skills teacher at the Coleg Gwent City of Newport campus, projected pages from a website that included inappropriate sexual and adult content onto a board for students to see. He was also found to have made inappropriate verbal references to students to material with a sexual and adult content. Both incidents took place during a teaching session at the Newport campus in October 2012.

A committee of the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) in Cardiff today said Mr Weston’s actions amounted to unacceptable professional behaviour and that he had “abused his position of trust”.

In a statement, Mr Weston, who is now self-employed and said he has no intention of returning to teaching, had always denied the allegations, insisting the allegations were “idiotic” and had been a “complete set-up from day one”. He did not attend, and was not represented at the hearing.

The committee heard how an internal investigation was launched at the college campus in December 2012, headed by its acting deputy director at the time, Julien Newberry.

Mr Weston, who is believed to be in his forties, had been a lecturer at the college since August 2007 but was suspended from his post on December 3, 2012, after the college found him guilty of gross misconduct.

Students, some as young as 16, told Mr Newberry how Mr Weston had discussed masochistic practices among men and had shown them a website he was constructing with pictures of “scantily clad women” with sex aids or toys.

One student told how Mr Weston referred to a TV programme about sexual fetishes in which a man whipped another man with a rope.

Mr Newberry said: “The learners felt disgusted. They were young males and quite streetwise, but they felt this was inappropriate and not a discussion they wanted to have with their teacher.”

Mr Weston gave various explanations about how the students came to see his website, but denied ever showing it to them willingly, saying students had a “personal vendetta” against him. He did however admit to designing and co-owning the website, and to accessing the website during teaching time using the college network.

Jim Bennett, principal and chief executive of Coleg Gwent, told the hearing Mr Weston was not remorseful and “there was not a scrap of evidence to show he appreciated what he was being accused of”.

The professional conduct committee found Mr Weston’s explanations in denying the allegations “implausible” and removed him from the teaching register with immediate effect. He can re-apply to be a teacher in seven years.

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4:58pm Thu 1 May 14

Realist UK says...

The GTCW (QUANGO) are a complete joke. By stating "some as young as 16" is a veilled attempt to suggest Mr Weston is some sort of weirdo. If "some" were 16 then by their own reasoning "most" would have been older. And yet, the GTCW, Welsh Government, Education Minister and all those righteous puritans out there consider teaching 5yr olds about sex and homosexuality progressive. You're better off out of the profession Mr Weston.
The GTCW (QUANGO) are a complete joke. By stating "some as young as 16" is a veilled attempt to suggest Mr Weston is some sort of weirdo. If "some" were 16 then by their own reasoning "most" would have been older. And yet, the GTCW, Welsh Government, Education Minister and all those righteous puritans out there consider teaching 5yr olds about sex and homosexuality progressive. You're better off out of the profession Mr Weston. Realist UK
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6:35pm Thu 1 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Oh noes, a fortysomething years old male teaching children - that can't be right! Somebody quick inform the Daily Wail!!!;) Seriously, this country is becoming more like the religious fundamentalist USA everyday and certain of our leaders who wish to fuse religion and state together lately seem to have developed a mind-set that is deep in the heart of pitchfork-wielding redneck Texas and not modern 21st century secularist Wales!

Wariness of teaching six-year-olds about different sexualities I can understand, but apparently the youngest of these were sixteen-year-olds. Not so long ago teachers were banned from 'promoting' homosexuality in the classroom thus being compelled to deprive children and young adults of vital information that might even steer them away from the brink of suicide. With the furious advance of the Americanized Christian evangelist religious right (who still appear to be carrying a massive chip on their shoulder in the aftermath of the equal marriage amendment) will we soon be seeing a re-introduction of something as odious as Clause 28 followed by a ban on teaching evolution in the classroom?!
Oh noes, a fortysomething years old male teaching children - that can't be right! Somebody quick inform the Daily Wail!!!;) Seriously, this country is becoming more like the religious fundamentalist USA everyday and certain of our leaders who wish to fuse religion and state together lately seem to have developed a mind-set that is deep in the heart of pitchfork-wielding redneck Texas and not modern 21st century secularist Wales! Wariness of teaching six-year-olds about different sexualities I can understand, but apparently the youngest of these were sixteen-year-olds. Not so long ago teachers were banned from 'promoting' homosexuality in the classroom thus being compelled to deprive children and young adults of vital information that might even steer them away from the brink of suicide. With the furious advance of the Americanized Christian evangelist religious right (who still appear to be carrying a massive chip on their shoulder in the aftermath of the equal marriage amendment) will we soon be seeing a re-introduction of something as odious as Clause 28 followed by a ban on teaching evolution in the classroom?! Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 3

7:48pm Fri 2 May 14

displayed says...

Look, its got nothing to do with age of his students!
Why would a qualified multi-skills teacher, decide to promote his web site business,by discussing its content with students!
Was he hoping for more w.o.m. trade!

He's probably thinking he was justified, he's wrong!
He had a duty of care towards those he had been entrusted with!
The teaching profession is well rid of him!
Look, its got nothing to do with age of his students! Why would a qualified multi-skills teacher, decide to promote his web site business,by discussing its content with students! Was he hoping for more w.o.m. trade! He's probably thinking he was justified, he's wrong! He had a duty of care towards those he had been entrusted with! The teaching profession is well rid of him! displayed
  • Score: -3

7:52pm Fri 2 May 14

Realist UK says...

displayed wrote:
Look, its got nothing to do with age of his students!
Why would a qualified multi-skills teacher, decide to promote his web site business,by discussing its content with students!
Was he hoping for more w.o.m. trade!

He's probably thinking he was justified, he's wrong!
He had a duty of care towards those he had been entrusted with!
The teaching profession is well rid of him!
It doesn't say he did a whole lesson on his internet business. What Mr West does say is that he was stitched up by a few pupils.
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: Look, its got nothing to do with age of his students! Why would a qualified multi-skills teacher, decide to promote his web site business,by discussing its content with students! Was he hoping for more w.o.m. trade! He's probably thinking he was justified, he's wrong! He had a duty of care towards those he had been entrusted with! The teaching profession is well rid of him![/p][/quote]It doesn't say he did a whole lesson on his internet business. What Mr West does say is that he was stitched up by a few pupils. Realist UK
  • Score: 4

7:52pm Fri 2 May 14

Realist UK says...

displayed wrote:
Look, its got nothing to do with age of his students!
Why would a qualified multi-skills teacher, decide to promote his web site business,by discussing its content with students!
Was he hoping for more w.o.m. trade!

He's probably thinking he was justified, he's wrong!
He had a duty of care towards those he had been entrusted with!
The teaching profession is well rid of him!
It doesn't say he did a whole lesson on his internet business. What Mr West does say is that he was stitched up by a few pupils.
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: Look, its got nothing to do with age of his students! Why would a qualified multi-skills teacher, decide to promote his web site business,by discussing its content with students! Was he hoping for more w.o.m. trade! He's probably thinking he was justified, he's wrong! He had a duty of care towards those he had been entrusted with! The teaching profession is well rid of him![/p][/quote]It doesn't say he did a whole lesson on his internet business. What Mr West does say is that he was stitched up by a few pupils. Realist UK
  • Score: 1

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