GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

General Teaching Council for Scotland Fitness to Teach Panel Outcome

Procedural Meeting

20 May 2020

 Teacher Redacted (not present/unrepresented)
 Registration Number Redacted
 Registration category Redacted
 Panel Christopher Moore, Jacqueline Blair and Gillian Fagan 
 Legal Assessor James Mulgrew
 Servicing Officer Hannah Oakley
 Presenting Officer David Blair
 Teacher's representative N/A

Definitions

Any reference in this outcome to:

  • ‘GTCS’ means the General Teaching Council for Scotland;
  • the ‘Panel’ means the Fitness to Teach Panel considering the case;
  • the ‘Rules’ (and any related expression) means the GTCS Fitness to Teach Rules 2017 or refers to a provision (or provisions) within them;
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Background

The Panel Meeting was arranged to consider the following:

The Teacher’s application to anonymise her name, the name of her former school and personal details in the published version of a Fitness to Teach Panel decision made previously.

Evidence

In accordance with Rule 1.7.17, the Panel admitted all of the documents and statements listed below as evidence for the purposes of the hearing:

  1. Anonymity application dated 11 February 2020, with appendices including:
    1. Letter from [redacted], former [redacted]
    2. Supporting statement from [redacted]
    3. Letter from GP
    4. Counselling Request Form
    5. Email confirming current place on waiting list
    6. Record of medical notes
    7. Letter from journalist
    8. Messages received from journalists on Facebook.
  2. Presenting Officer's response to application, dated 6 March 2020
  3. Further submissions from Teacher, dated 24 April 2020, with appendices including:
    1. Letter from GP
    2. References.
  4. Preliminary matters

    The Panel did not deal with any preliminary matters.

    Decision

    The Teacher had been the subject of Fitness to Teach proceedings prior to the date of this application. As a result of those proceedings, the Teacher had been issued with a Removal with Consent Order under the Panel Consideration procedure set out at Rules 2.3 and 2.7. The Teacher intimated that she consented to her removal from the register. The Teacher thereafter submitted the present application for anonymity, the scope of which was to anonymise her name, the name of her former school and personal details in Panel Consideration decision which would be published.

    Having carefully considered all of the available information, the Panel decided to request that further information be obtained, and the application considered again by a Panel when such information had been received. During the Panel’s discussions, it became clear that the Panel were unable to fully apply the Privacy and Anonymity Practice Statement without further information, which it considered necessary in order to explain the nature, context and severity of the conduct that the Teacher had admitted. The information would also assist the Panel in its assessment of the rights of the Teacher, the rights of other persons and the public interest.

    The Panel requested that the earlier Panel Consideration decision be provided to this Panel or another Panel convened to determine the Teacher’s anonymity application. The Panel’s conclusion was that the earlier decision would provide a Panel with the necessary information that it would require in order to carry out the assessments and to apply the guidance contained in the Privacy and Anonymity Practice Statement when determining the Teacher’s application.