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Tuesday, May 18, 1999 Published at 16:25 GMT 17:25 UK


Pupil-teacher affairs 'widespread'

Many pupils are said to fantasise about their teachers

One school leaver in 20 claims to have had a sexual relationship with one of their teachers, according to a survey.

The study also suggests that nearly 50% of pupils fantasise about their teachers.

The survey findings are published as the government prepares to make affairs between pupils and their teachers an imprisonable offence.

Researchers spoke to 800 school leavers in eight British cities for the makers of the Channel Five soap opera Family Affairs, in which a 15-year-old schoolboy embarks on a relationship with his female English teacher.

Regional variations

The proportion of former pupils who claimed to have had an affair with a teacher varied widely between cities.

One in ten school leavers in Glasgow said they had had such a relationship, while the figure for Birmingham was just 1%.

The other six cities where former pupils were interviewed were Liverpool (where 8% claimed to have had an affair with a teacher), London (7%), Manchester (5%), Aberdeen (4%), Newcastle (3%) and Bristol (2%).

A spokesman for Family Affairs said: "When we were writing the storylines for the show, we never imagined that they would reflect life to such an extent."

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