An IT teacher who described schoolgirls as “beautiful”, “princess” and “little angel” and rubbed her neck and shoulders avoids being banned from the classroom
- The IT teacher Raymond Beardmore referred to the students as “princess” and “little cherub”.
- He made the comments during class at Stourport High School in Worcester
- Disciplinary listening also heard him rubbing another student’s neck and shoulders
- A body from the Teaching Regulation Agency did not prohibit Beardmore from teaching
An IT teacher who called the students a “princess” and a “little angel” and rubbed the shoulders and necks of other schoolchildren avoided being banned from teaching.
Raymond Beardmore was an IT teacher at Stourport High School in Worcester, where he used inappropriate language and physical contact during class on students.
Beardmore worked at the school from September 2018 until he quit five months later in January 2019.
A panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency heard that Beardmore put his hand on the back of a student chair when explaining an assignment and accidentally touched a student’s shoulder when leaning near a computer.
IT teacher Raymond Beardmore referred to the students as “princess” and “little angel” while inappropriately touching someone else’s shoulders and neck at Stourport High School in Worcester from September 2018 to January 2019
The panel also found that he had made multiple contact with a student’s neck and shoulders, rubbing them but not massaging them.
Beardmore admitted, “Hello, great” to win the trust of students who use these terms in place of their names.
He also confirmed that he had named a student “princess” and another “little angel” to gain their trust and used it when their behavior was good.
He ordered a student to drop out of class because she was using her cell phone in class and was disruptive.
A panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency heard that Beardmore put his hand on the back of a student chair when explaining a task and accidentally touched a student’s shoulder when leaning near a computer (archive image).
But she claimed that he asked her to leave because she asked him to step back a little and she “crawled out” when he stood too close to her explaining a task.
The Disciplinary Committee found some truth in her claim and concluded that he was too close to her.
The panel ruled that he repeatedly used inappropriate names and disregarded the proper boundaries of standing or sitting too close to the students, and therefore did not treat the students with dignity.
However, he was not banned from teaching, and decision maker Alan Meyrick said posting negative results was enough to send the teacher an appropriate message about standards of behavior that are unacceptable.