Teachers: Criminal Proceedings
Graham Stuart (Beverley and Holderness, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education
(1) how many teachers were suspended from teaching while facing criminal charges in the last five years; and how many such teachers were reinstated;
(2) what the average length of time was for which a teacher facing criminal charges was suspended from school prior to the matter being resolved in the courts and a final decision on their employment being made in the latest period for which figures are available.
David Laws (Yeovil, Liberal Democrat)
The operation of disciplinary procedures in schools, including those that result in suspension, is a matter for local determination. Accordingly the information requested on the number of teachers suspended from teaching while facing criminal charges and the length of those suspensions is not held centrally.