A teacher who let a college student kiss him on the cheek at prom, “crossed the line” with students who spoke to him on Instagram, and failed to alert bosses to an emotionally abused teenager at at home, avoid a teaching ban
- Victoria Glaister has been warned of her photos and behavior on social media
- She taught food technology and health and social care at Newcastle Academy
- The teacher was suspended and received a final written warning but was not fired
Teacher who let student kiss him on the cheek at prom, ‘crossed lines’ with students on Instagram, and failed to alert bosses to emotionally abused teenager at home a class ban.
Victoria Glaister, who taught food technology and health and social care at Excelsior Academy in Newcastle upon Tyne from 2015 to 2018, received a final written warning after a misconduct hearing.
The teacher, in her 20s, who felt harassed because she was young, also complained to a student that she was sent home for wearing a short skirt.
Additionally, bosses warned that her Facebook profile picture was inappropriate due to the way she was dressed and could be seen by students.
Police were involved in the investigation of the allegations, resulting in his suspension and warning, but not the dismissal.
Miss Glaister taught food technology and health and social care at Excelsior Academy Newcastle upon Tyne from 2015 to 2018
Miss Glaister was also caught on CCTV walking 40 meters along the school hallway with another student’s arm around her shoulder, without trying to lift it or shrug her shoulders.
The teacher claimed the arm was only around her a distance of three feet between two classroom doors – but the teaching watchdogs were not convinced by her account.
She took photos of students at prom, which was allowed under certain circumstances, but failed to upload them to the school server or delete them from her phone.
A photo of a student has been cropped so she can use it on her Fitbit profile.
But while Miss Glaister had discussed personal matters with several students, she had failed in her protective duties when they told her about serious issues in their own lives, the panel found.
She discussed boyfriends with a student and did not alert the bosses when the teenager revealed she had been in an abusive relationship.
Another student also told Miss Glaister about being emotionally abused at home. Again, the teacher did not alert the bosses.
The student was then placed in care because of what had happened, we learned from the panel of the Education Regulatory Agency.
During her testimony, Miss Glaister, who left the academy when her contract expired, confirmed that she knew when and how she should make a backup disclosure.
She claimed that she had made such revelations about other students before. She also confirmed that she understands that failure to do so would constitute unacceptable professional conduct.
She added, “During the photo shoot, student H kissed me on the cheek. I did not consent and did not give my permission. It was indeed a sexual assault against him. me, but due to the nature of the social event, I did not pursue the matter any further.
Police were involved in the investigation of the allegations, resulting in his suspension and a final written warning, but not the dismissal
Mr Gamel Byles, who chaired the hearing, said: “The panel considered that the pupils mentioned were probably vulnerable pupils and that the issues they discussed with Miss Glaister raised serious safeguard issues which should have been disclosed to the school through the channel The panel was convinced that this was unacceptable professional conduct.
But Miss Glaister dodged a class ban after the panel found out she was an inexperienced teacher when the gaps took place.
Mr Byles said: “While the panel felt that the school had provided adequate advice and support, the panel felt that Miss Glaister’s attitude meant that she was not benefiting from the advice and support offered. .
The panel found that she disputed the need for such advice, for example on her choice of clothing and the need to ensure that her Facebook profile picture was appropriate and private and instead believed that she was being unfairly targeted due to of his age, weight and height. ‘