My fight to teach again

But hear­ing re­jected ap­peal

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - David Dickie

Since be­ing cleared in 2010, Jim has been fight­ing with the General Teach­ing Co un c i l to be reg­is­tered again.

How­ever, in 2012 a fit­nessto-teach hear­ing found three charges es­tab­lished “on the bal­ance of prob­a­bil­ity”.

Jim ap­pealed the de­ci­sion to the Court of Ses­sion in 2013 but with no suc­cess.

The Re­former has seen the de­ci­sion no­tice from that meet­ing which refers to wit­nesses at the 2010 trial com­plain­ing of in­tim­i­da­tion from the pub­lic benches which was recorded by the court.

But letters from the Deputy Clerk of Jus­ti­ciary con­firm there is no record of any such in­ci­dent re­lat­ing to Jim’s trial.

He has tried to find out who made the sup­posed threats but has been re­fused ac­cess to the in­for­ma­tion, in­cred­i­bly be­cause it would com­pro­mise his own data.

Jim said: “I asked for a re­view and they came back and said it re­lates to where I was and my ac­tions.

“So the only log­i­cal ex­pla­na­tion is that it’s me who has in­tim­i­dated the per­son who com­plained.

“This would have in­volved me ab­sent­ing my­self from the dock, en­ter­ing the pub­lic gallery, threat­en­ing peo­ple and get­ting back in the dock with­out any­one notic­ing.”

Jim, who claims at least two con­victed sex of­fend­ers are cur­rently cleared to teach in Scot­land, is also un­happy that a Crown Of­fice sub­mis­sion to the GTC claimed he had a con­vic­tion, some­thing he says is com­pletely un­true.

A spokes­woman for the GTC said: “One of GTCS’s key roles is to make de­ci­sions about who should be on the regis­ter of teach­ers.

“Mr Boyle made an ap­pli­ca­tion for reg­is­tra­tion af­ter his re- trial for sex­ual of­fences re­sulted in a not proven ver­dict. GTCS held a hear­ing to con­sider Mr Boyle’s ap­pli­ca­tion and de­cided to refuse his ap­pli­ca­tion for reg­is­tra­tion.

“Mr Boyle ap­pealed to the Court of Ses­sion and in De­cem­ber 2013 the court up­held GTCS’s de­ci­sion.

“GTCS is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing a high qual­ity teach­ing pro­fes­sion by car­ry­ing out open, fair and firm reg­u­la­tion. We were pleased that the Court of Ses­sion en­dorsed our pro­cesses and found no fault in our man­age­ment of this case.”

A C rown Of f i c e spokesper­son said: “The GTC re­quested a sum­mary of the police re­port and this was pro­vided to them as is rou­tine in cases in­volv­ing teach­ers.”

They said it re­lated to my ac­tions

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