Assistant head: Allowed back in classroom

21st August 2009 at 01:00
GTC gives second chance to teacher struck off after he `lost it' in a school drama rehearsal and asked pupil to lie

Original paper headline: Assistant head who behaved `like a madman' allowed back in classroom

An assistant head who was struck off after "acting like a madman" and forcing a pupil to lie to a disciplinary panel in a bid to save his job is to be allowed back in the classroom.

Peter Glover put pressure on the girl to lie on his behalf after he was caught swearing and intimidating pupils during a drama production.

Mr Glover, who taught at Dormston School in Dudley, West Midlands, was also a director with an amateur dramatics group that included pupils from the school.

At a rehearsal held at the Mill Theatre on the school site one evening, Mr Glover failed to provide stage equipment, leading the group to cancel the session.

In response, Mr Glover lost his temper and began swearing and throwing stage blocks, the General Teaching Council for England found when it heard his case in February 2007.

Stephanie Sherwood, head of the school, told the professional conduct committee: "He lost it and was acting like a madman. He said to the group, `You ain't fucking cancelling this play.'"

Mr Glover was suspended from his job after the school received two complaints following the incident, in September 2004.

The GTC was told that Mr Glover then put pressure on a pupil to sign a statement saying he had not acted inappropriately or sworn. He was alleged to have told the pupil: "If you sign this, then no one will get hurt." He was subsequently sacked.

At the time of the original hearing, the disciplinary panel found Mr Glover guilty of bullying and said his behaviour "clearly and undoubtedly" breached the standards expected of a teacher.

It also found Mr Glover guilty of failing to maintain a valid entertainment licence for the theatre between July and September 2004, when performances were taking place. This could have created health and safety problems for pupils, the teaching council said.

Mr Glover was criticised at the time for failing to provide any evidence and for not showing regret for his actions.

"We believe that his actions have severely corroded the reputation of the profession," the decision said.

Mr Glover was struck off for a minimum of two years.

Possibility of a return to teaching

But this week, the GTC said he could re-join the teaching register and try to resurrect his career. He becomes only the third teacher to be allowed to re-register after being struck off since the teaching council was formed in 2000.

Mr Glover, who now lives in Islington, north London, was praised for his good character since being barred from teaching: he has been involved in voluntary and community projects, the council noted.

Mr Glover has worked with a local drama group, started training to be a ChildLine counsellor and applied to be a primary school governor. He has also trained to teach anger management.

Mr Glover still denies the original findings against him, which the council said raised questions about his insight into the incident. But it said he accepted the authority of the GTC and no longer posed a risk to pupils, the public or the reputation of the profession.

Third time lucky

Peter Glover becomes only the third person allowed to re-register as a teacher after being struck off by the General Teaching Council for England.

The first to be permitted to resume his career was Barry Derriscott, a former teacher at Pensby High School for Boys in Wirral who was banned in 2005 after subjecting female members of staff to sexual harassment and innuendo. He was allowed to re-register as a teacher in 2007.

Sarah Boylan was the second to be allowed back in July this year. She had been struck off for four years for giving false information about her qualifications and experience to get a job at Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School in Essex.

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