Tories promise anonymity

Teachers and other staff accused of abuse would have the right to anonymity until charged, under an amendment to the Education Bill proposed by the Conservatives.

The party's move, to be made in the House of Lords this autumn, would be welcomed by teaching unions, which have long complained about the damage that publicity can do when malicious, false allegations are made against their members.

Earlier this year, the Tories promised that teachers would remain anonymous until charged through its planned Teacher Protection Bill, its first piece of legislation if elected.

The party's latest attempt to get anonymity on to the statute book would also apply to volunteers working in schools.

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