Teacher jailed after 'full blown' sexual relationship with year-old boy
Some teachers get into sexual relationships with students who are under the age of This post is not concerned with such cases and is not. Friends of a boy who had drunken sex with his physics teacher on a plane have revealed more details about the affair. The pupil bragged about sleeping with his teacher during a school charity trip to UK news in pictures .. The relationship was said to have continued on their return, despite suspicious. A teacher who engaged in a “full blown” sexual relationship with a teenager she had sex with the pupil, after befriending him on social media.
That's always happened, and I imagine it always will.
Electronic media certainly gives greater access. But while it may also give the illusion of creating a private space, it's also written evidence. There is definitely an issue here, though.
Electronic communication is different.
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And while schools are creating web portals and actively encouraging online contact between staff and pupils, there are all sorts of guidelines warning us never ever to use Facebook with students, or to give out our personal mobile phone numbers or email addresses. The trouble is, it's very easy for the lines to get blurred. Public and private space get muddied. So what do you do? You don't want to risk losing the kids, so you give them your own mobile number.
And once that's happened, once a number is out there. And emails, too; I've sent personal emails to sixth-formers wishing them luck with their exam the next day.
You can't be a jobsworth these days.
An email or text is very much a one-to-one thing; a pupil might feel specially valued. Even on the school site, I could be marking online, live, maybe quite late in the evening. I could have had a glass of wine. I could start discussing work with a student who's also online. It's Facebook by another name, really.
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You could easily make comments you'd regret. Digital communication is a two-way street. Phil Ryan, a now-retired science teacher from Liverpool, briefly became an unlikely — and, as far as he was concerned, unwished-for — internet sensation last year when mobile phone footage of him doing the funky chicken for a sixth-form class on the last day of term was posted on YouTube and attracted more than 5, viewings and plenty of adverse comments within days.
Earlier this year, more than 30 pupils were suspended from Grey Coat Hospital School, a Church of England secondary in London, after dozens of girls joined a Facebook group called The Hate Society and posted hundreds of "deeply insulting comments" about one of their teachers.
Emails can be misinterpreted According to a survey this spring for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and the Teachers Support Network, as many as one in 10 teachers have experienced some form of cyberbullying. The consequences can be serious for teachers, many of whom are less technologically sophisticated than their students: That can be incredibly distressing. And they can do worse; there was a case in one school where pupils took a photo of a teacher's face, edited it onto a really gross, pornographic image of another woman's body, and stuck it online.
It has called for any school policy that requests or requires teachers to disclose their mobile numbers or email addresses to pupils to be banned; wants new legislation to outlaw teachers being named on websites; would like strategies to prevent all use of mobile phones when school is in session; and has even demanded that pupils' phones be classed as potentially dangerous weapons. But they've thrown up new pressures and concerns.
For a start, they've changed expectations of teachers — there's a real expectation in some schools now that teachers will basically be available at the convenience of the pupil. There's also, with email, an expectation of a more or less instant response.
And these forms of communication are far more informal, in style and content. You respond in a way you never would in a letter, or face to face. Teachers, Keates says, feel "increasingly vulnerable". A lot of the union's casework involves the use of mobile phones in schools, particularly in the classroom. In some cases, teachers have had to defend themselves against allegations of misconduct from schools following the anonymous posting of classroom videos that they were not even aware had been filmed.
Faced with the real risk of members either falling into difficulty involuntarily, or being deliberately targeted for abuse, unions and authorities have begun running extended courses for teachers on the pitfalls of new technology. Fiona Johnson, director of communications at the General Teaching Council for England, says the new GTCE code for teachers, which comes into effect on 1 October, has a reference to the need for "teachers to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with children and young people".Top 5 TEACHERS Who SLEPT With KIDS! (Teacher Caught With Students At School)
Although this is "clearly not very specific", she concedes, "trainee teachers get more detailed advice during their initial training, local authority co-ordinators cover the issue with each cohort of newly qualified teachers, and schools have their own policies on these issues. The protection Sex crimes are there to protect children and young adults from themselves and others. However immature the teacher may be, it is his responsibility not to go about having sex however much he may fancy her or fancy to have sex with her.
It really is all so banal. Similarly, where a teacher provides friendship to a young adult, the inequality between teacher and student means that it is inappropriate for that relationship to become a sexual one, notwithstanding the ability of the student to consent to sexual acts.
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Is it always abusive? Consider a situation where a teacher is vulnerable perhaps there are mental health problems, personal issues or stress and an almostyear-old student is particularly mature, and pursues the relationship.
That teacher would, if prosecuted, be guilty. With such stark consequences, yet not infrequent occurrences of such behaviour, should schools, LEAs and the unions do more? Is it just an occupational hazard? The programme featured a teacher who claimed she had fallen in love with her 16 year old pupil. They now live together.
She suggested, supported by others, that there was a total lack of support for teachers who find themselves in this situation.