Panel clears teacher of 14 al­le­ga­tions

Llanelli Star - - NEWS - Jes­sica Wal­ford jes­sica.wal­[email protected]­line.co.uk

A SCI­ENCE teacher at a school in Llanelli has been cleared of call­ing an Asian pupil “Stan” and telling an­other she would be a 40-year-old vir­gin.

Gra­ham Pike, 54, from Hendy in Car­marthen­shire, was cleared of 14 out of 15 al­le­ga­tions he faced at a fit­ness to prac­tice hear­ing in April this year.

Only one of the al­le­ga­tions was found proven and Mr Pike was given a rep­ri­mand for un­ac­cept­able pro­fes­sional con­duct.

Mr Pike, the head of chem­istry at Coed­cae School, who has been a teacher at the school for nearly 20 years, faced the Ed­u­ca­tion Work­force Coun­cil (EWC) tri­bunal in April af­ter al­legedly mak­ing com­ments of a “ra­cial, ho­mo­pho­bic or sex­ual nature” to pupils that he taught.

Sev­eral of the 15 al­leged in­ci­dents were said to have been “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” – and nine were said to be “sex­u­ally mo­ti­vated”.

They in­cluded al­legedly call­ing an Asian pupil “Stan” as he couldn’t pro­nounce his name, call­ing a student who had a par­ent who was gay “an ex­per­i­ment” and say­ing a pupil, who was con­scious about her weight, that she would break a stool if she sat on it.

The EWC panel only found one al­le­ga­tion proven against Mr Pike – the al­le­ga­tion made by Pupil A in De­cem­ber 2016.

Pupil A, a Year 10 pupil at the time, claimed on De­cem­ber 1, 2016 that Mr Pike said to her: “[Pupil A], why are you lung­ing to­wards me? There is no mistle­toe here.”

She said it made her feel “un­com­fort­able and creeped out”.

The EWC found that the al­le­ga­tion of un­ac­cept­able pro­fes­sional con­duct was proven against Mr Pike, adding the con­duct was “in­ap­pro­pri­ate”.

A rep­ri­mand was im­posed of Mr Pike for two years.

In the de­ci­sion sum­mary, the EWC said: “As such, Mr Pike will be able to work as a reg­is­tered per­son (school teacher) in a main­tained school or non-main­tained spe­cial school in Wales for the pe­riod of the rep­ri­mand.

“Mr Pike has the right of ap­peal to the High Court within 28 days.”

Find out more on­line at... waleson­line.co.uk/ llanelli

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Sci­ence teacher Gra­ham Pike was cleared of 14 out of 15 al­le­ga­tions in a fit­ness to prac­tice hear­ing.

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