Porn view Wetherby teacher banned from the classroom

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A FORMER teacher at Wetherby High School has been struck off after once exposing year seven pupils to “unacceptable images” on an overhead projector.

The General Teaching Council’s Professional Conduct Committee (GTC) heard how Andrew Milewski also searched for pornography on a school computer.

He has now been banned from the classroom.

In their findings, the GTC committee members said that they “find this is a case of unacceptable professional conduct.

“We consider that accessing pornography within a school classroom when pupils are present is a fundamental and serious breach of the standards that a teacher should observe and the public are entitled to expect.

“By so doing Mr Milewski failed to put the wellbeing and development of the children first. He failed to apply appropriate standards of personal conduct and thus undermined public trust and confidence in the profession.

“We note that he was responsible for a class of 11-year-old children some of whom were able to see some of the images that he had accessed on the class projector.”

The case also heard that Milewski failed to disclose he suffered from bipolar disorder.

The GTC has now struck Mr Milewski off the teaching register indefinitely meaning he cannot teach in maintained schools or non-maintained special schools. He may not apply for permission to re-register for two years, and if he does after that date, will have to persuade a panel of his fitness to teach.

He has a right of appeal to the High Court within 28 days.

Nigel Richardson, director of children’s services at Leeds City Council, said: “The school acted quickly and responsibly in initiating disciplinary procedures which resulted in this member of staff’s dismissal.

“The school then referred the matter to the regulatory authorities to take the action they deemed appropriate.

“We expect our teachers to maintain high standards and professional conduct at all times. At no time were the students at risk.”