Mablethorpe teacher banned following ‘inappropriate contact’ with pupils

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A former teacher at Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College, Mablethorpe, has been banned from the country’s classrooms for at least three years after a disciplinary panel found that he engaged in inappropriate conversations and contact with a number of teenage pupils.

Andrew Wilson, 40, worked as a PE and IT teacher at Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College between 2001 to 2011, and faced allegations involving six girls in their early-to-mid teens.

Although a National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) disciplinary panel cleared Wilson of the most serious allegations - which had involved intimate groping of girls and kissing - the panel found that he did have “over-familiar contact with a number of pupils”.

This involved hugging two pupils, having an inappropriate conversation with one pupil, and allowing three pupils to sit on his knee and putting his arm around one of them.

Although the panel found that Wilson’s behaviour amounted to ‘unacceptable professional conduct’, it did not accept that it had been sexually motivated.

The panel’s report stated that Wilson has demonstrated “a sustained disregard” to boundaries between teachers and pupils, and added that his conduct “has brought the profession into disrepute.”

In a decision taken on behalf of Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Wilson was banned from teaching ‘indefinitely’ and cannot apply for the prohibition order to be lifted for a minimum of three years. Wilson has the right to appeal to the High Court.

• Full story in next week’s Leader.