Teacher who let pupil drive car is banned

A teacher has been sacked and banned from the classroom for at least two years after letting a 14-year-old pupil drive her car.

Jane Nichol has been excluded from the country’s classrooms following a disciplinary hearing at the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

The professional conduct panel heard the 52-year-old, who was working at Monkseaton High School, allowed the student to drive the vehicle, and she received a police caution on November 5, 2012.

She also drove home with the student during school time without permission.

The panel also heard Nichol caused students to be required to re-do assessments by failing to provide appropriate conditions for them in 2011-12.

Nichol can apply to have the ban set aside, but not until February 2016.

Headteacher Tracy Crowder, who was not headteacher at the time, said: “At Monkseaton High School we expect the very highest standards of integrity and professional conduct from all of our staff at all times.

“Should the conduct or actions of any member of staff fall short of those expectations, we will always take immediate appropriate action.”

She added: “When concerns were raised about the conduct of this particular member of staff, we carried out a full and thorough internal investigation in line with the school’s disciplinary policy and procedure.

“Immediate action was also taken to make sure that the progress of the students was not jeopardised as a result of the individual teacher’s actions.

“The outcome of this process resulted in the dismissal of Mrs Nichol. All actions by the school were undertaken in line with statutory procedures and a referral was made to the National College for Teaching and Leadership.”