The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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General Teaching Council for Scotland Fitness to Teach Panel Outcome

Removal with Consent order

Kathleen-Frances Leslie, (“the Registrant”)
Registration Number: 003263
Date: 17 July 2017

As you have been informed, a complaint has been received by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (“GTCS”) that alleges that your fitness to teach is impaired. A GTCS Investigating Panel has considered this complaint and, having determined that there is a case to answer, referred your case to a GTCS Fitness to Teach Panel for further proceedings.

A Convener of a Fitness to Teach Panel has decided to issue you with this Removal with Consent Order because you have indicated in correspondence that you wish to be removed from the Register.

If you wish to consent to be removed from the GTCS Register of Teachers, you have 28 days from the date of receipt of this Order to do so.

You are entirely free to choose not to provide your consent. This would mean that you would have an opportunity to challenge the allegations made against you at a Full Hearing. In the event that those allegations were found proved or were admitted by you, this would also mean that you would have the opportunity at that hearing to try to persuade the Fitness to Teach Panel that a less severe sanction than removal from the Register should be imposed upon you. If you provide your consent, you are waiving your right to a Full Hearing.

By signing below, I declare that:

1. I waive my right to have a full hearing and admit the following allegations made against me relating to my fitness to teach in full:

    1. On exact dates unknown between 2013 and 2014, whilst employed by Fife Council as a teacher at School A, you did post inappropriate and offensive comments on social media.

2. I freely and willingly consent to being removed from GTC Scotland’s Register of Teachers in view of my admission of the allegations set out above and understand that I will be prohibited from applying for restoration to that Register for a period of 2 years.

3. I have had the opportunity to seek advice from a professional association and independent legal representative on the content of this Order and fully understand the importance of doing so.

4. I understand that the content of this Order will be made available to the public.