Aberbargoed teacher who allegedly lifted pupil by arm denies unacceptable professional conduct

5:32pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

A VALLEYS teacher was sacked for gross misconduct after colleagues said she lifted a pupil in the air by his arm, and tried to stop a colleague from changing the clothes of another pupil who'd wet himself, a conduct hearing was told today.

Claire Elizabeth Jarrett, who taught at Aberbargoed Primary School until she was suspended in February 2010, was not present at the General Teaching Council for Wales hearing in Cardiff, where it was alleged she shouted at pupil A during a Christmas concert practice, lifted him by the arm over the top of a row of pupils and slid him across the floor while his legs were crossed, in December 2009 at the school.

It was alleged she tapped pupils A and B on the head with a rolled-up programme during the concert practice; grabbed pupil A out of a toilet cubicle a month later and pushed his hands under a tap but did not let him dry them; pushed pupil A; and grabbed him off his bike and shouted at him on January 29, 2010.

There were six allegations in total against three pupils, including one incident admitted by Ms Jarrett in which she told a colleague not to change pupil C who had wet himself, on January 27, 2010.

Ms Jarrett, known as Liz, denies the other five allegations and also denies that the behaviour amounts to bullying and unacceptable professional conduct.

Head teacher David Lewis said he was made aware of colleagues' concerns about Ms Jarrett's behaviour on the last day of term in 2009, but that bad weather closed the school and Caerphilly council for several weeks in January 2010.

Sarah Driscoll and Ly-Anne Pyle, both foundation phase teachers at the school at the time of the alleged incidents, separately gave evidence to the panel.

Ms Driscoll said she witnessed the pupils being tapped on the head and pupil A being lifted, and that it had made her stomach churn.

Ms Pyle said fellow teachers hadn't reacted to Ms Jarrett's behaviour, but she found it inappropriate.

Both women had gone to report the matters to Mr Lewis on December 14, 2009, but he had not been available, so they waited until December 19, the last day of term.

It was not until February that Ms Jarrett was suspended.

After two independent Servoca investigations and a disciplinary hearing in July 2010, Ms Jarrett was dismissed. She appealed in May 2012 but was found to have committed gross misconduct and was sacked. The matter wasn't referred to the GTCW until July last year.

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