Saturday, September 10, 2011

Huw Davies a Teacher Branded by a Judge as a 'dreadful example to children' while in Court accused of Rape is allowed to return to the classroom

A teacher who was caught with cocaine will be allowed back into the classroom after the latest controversial ruling by the profession's disciplinary body.

Police found the Class A drug in head of department Huw Davies's home when they searched it after he was accused of rape.

Davies, 39, a Conservative councillor, was later cleared in court of the rape charge, but admitted possessing cocaine and was fined £500.

The appalled judge in the case labelled him a 'truly dreadful example to children'.

But yesterday the General Teaching Council ruled that Davies could remain on the teaching register. Rather than ban him from the classroom, a disciplinary panel gave him a reprimand that will remain on his record for two years.

The decision comes a week after the GTC issued the identical 'punishment' to porn-star teacher Benedict Garrett, 31. PE teacher Mr Garrett, known in the sleazy world of adult films as 'Johnny Anglais', was found guilty of professional misconduct for moonlighting as a porn actor and stripper.

Davies was yesterday given a reprieve by the GTC because his criminal activity took place 'outside of the school and he did not have pupils in his charge at the time'.

Although he has already been sacked as a £35,000-a-year head of department at Brynteg Comprehensive School in Bridgend, Wales, he is free to work elsewhere.

The two cases have been highlighted after it was revealed that the GTC has struck off fewer than 20 teachers in 12 years. Nick Seaton, of the Campaign for Real Education, said the watchdog was toothless and irresponsible.

'Most parents will be horrified,' he added. Read More