Cheesed off by pictures

10th August 2007 at 01:00
IT CONDEMNED supply teacher Angela Mason for covertly filming her badly behaved pupils and broadcasting the footage in a Channel 5 documentary.

But now the General Teaching Council for England has ended up in hot water itself after publishing pictures of teachers attending a seminar on its website, without asking their permission first.

One teacher, who perhaps hadn't told her headteacher she had crept off for a session on personalised learning, discovered the pictures days later. She fired off an angry email to the council asking for the photographs to be removed.

"I'm outraged and I've a mind to write to my local MP," she wrote on The TES website chatroom.

"At least Angela Mason blurred out her pupils' faces," another wrote.

A frustrated Fiona Johnson, head of communications at the council, pulled the website's link to the pictures, which largely featured the backs of people's heads.

She said: "The teacher did not give her name, so we couldn't tell which one she was, so they all had to come down.

"It's very irritating, actually."

She insisted no laws had been broken, although the photographer would usually ask if anyone objected to their picture being taken.

She said: "We normally ask for permission on the day and have no objections, but this time an email was sent out afterwards, which I don't think this teacher received."

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