‘To be accused, it attacks every sinew of your life’

Schools are accused of mistreating teachers who fall victim to pupils’ false allegations

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It’s surely every teacher’s worst nightmare – becoming the victim of a pupil’s false accusation.

Teachers were judged to be so vulnerable to such allegations that in 2011 the government passed a law giving them automatic anonymity when accused of committing criminal offences against children, unless they are charged by police.

But the legislation has not come close to making the issue of false accusations go away. Unions warn that schools still have a “knee-jerk” response and suspend teachers as soon as claims are made.

The lack of information given to teachers about allegations is also a ...

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