After decades of criminal teachers hiding among the community, recent changes to the Teachers Councils protocols means that teachers that have any sexual connection with students will now face permanent public exposure.
Misbehaving teachers will be routinely named and shamed, even if their misconduct came before a rule change favouring the publication of names, a disciplinary tribunal has ruled.
Former Ashburton College teacher Michael Burrell-Smith recently lost a bid to hide his name after his registration was cancelled for inappropriate relationships with at least two female pupils.
He argued the notice of charge for his conduct was filed and served before July 1, when a rule change came into effect in favour of publishing teachers’ names in disciplinary cases. Previously, the default position was that names were suppressed.
Since the new rules came in, 20 teachers whose misconduct took place before July 1 but whose decisions came out after that have appeared before the tribunal.
Six unsuccessfully sought name suppression. Read more »