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Flintshire teacher suspended for misconduct

A primary teacher dismissed from a school in Mold, Flintshire has been suspended for a year after admitting unacceptable professional misconduct.

Cathy Dean was alleged to have shouted excessively, showed favouritism and ridiculed pupils at St David's RC.

She was sacked in 2006 and now teaches in Cairo, Egypt.

The General Teaching Council for Wales hearing decided she must provide a satisfactory psychiatric report before teaching in this country again.

Mrs Dean did not attend the hearing at Ewloe, Flintshire.

The unacceptable professional conduct took place between 1997 and 2006, the hearing was told.

Demanding environment

However, Geoff Scargill of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, who represented her, alleged that there had been a poisonous atmosphere at the school and that Mrs Dean had been undermined by the then headmistress, who has since left.

A former governor and parent, called by him, said she believed there was an element of jealousy and a witch-hunt against her.

A teacher at the school said when she first arrived Mrs Dean was a bubbly personality but later this disappeared, and that she too believed that there was jealousy because of the skills she possessed.

In its decision, the committee said that before she returns to the stress of a demanding classroom environment in this country Mrs Dean must provide a satisfactory psychiatric report.



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