Teacher found guilty of bullying pupils

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A teacher who bullied her pupils to the extent some of them began bed wetting and one showed signs of psychological abuse, has been suspended for one year for unacceptable professional conduct.

Joanna Hyde, who was a Year Five teacher at the Welsh medium school Ysgol Y Berllan Deg, in Cardiff, has been found guilty of professional misconduct by a panel of the General Teaching Council for Wales.

The panel’s chairman Gareth Jones said she must successfully complete training in positive behaviour management before she is eligible to register as a teacher again.

Concerns were raised about Miss Hyde’s behaviour towards 15 pupils in her class over three months at the start of 2007.

The misconduct hearing was told that she threw a book at one pupil and called another "a wimp" and "a clown" in front of the class.

One pupil was so intimidated he asked his mother to dye his red hair brown so he would be less noticeable to Miss Hyde, the hearing was told.

The panel heard that Miss Hyde also persisted in getting pupils to fill in a behaviour chart in the classroom despite it being against school policy and being told to use a reward system instead, the panel heard.

Miss Hyde did not attend the hearing and was not represented, but admitted in writing her behaviour amounted to unacceptable professional conduct.

The panel found that she refused to comply with reasonable instruction and showed conduct incompatible with the ethos of the school, in relation to not removing the behaviour chart.

It also found that she displayed inappropriate behaviour or conduct, and bullying or intimidating behaviour, towards pupils.

The panel decided there was not enough evidence to prove another allegation that Miss Hyde made deliberate false allegations against colleagues.

The panel chairman said Miss Hyde’s inexperience and expression of regret were taken into account in reaching the decision to suspend her. He said they also took into account the Independent Safety Authority’s statement that Miss Hyde did not pose a risk to children.