My fight to teach again
But hearing rejected appeal
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