Request to know the name of a school

Jane Webb made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Education

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Dear Department for Education,

In October of 2012, Judge Donne QC sentenced a Hampstead teacher to a three-year community order, following the sexual abuse of a 9 year old student on a school trip.

"The teacher was sentenced to a three-year community order to undergo community sex offender group work. He was banned from unsupervised contact with girls aged 16 or under, made to sign the sex offenders’ register for three years and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs."
Source: http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/crime-cour...

While I understand the teacher cannot be named for legal reasons, I wish to know at which school the individual was teaching.

Yours faithfully,

Jane Webb

Department for Education

Dear Webb

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2015-0026875.

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Department for Education

Dear Ms Webb

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2015-0026875.

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Department for Education

Dear Jane Webb 

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 10 June. You requested: “In October of 2012, Judge Donne QC sentenced a Hampstead teacher to a three-year community order, following the sexual abuse of a 9 year old student on a school trip.

"The teacher was sentenced to a three-year community order to undergo community sex offender group work. He was banned from unsupervised contact with girls aged 16 or under, made to sign the sex offenders’ register for three years and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs."

Source: http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/crime-cour...

While I understand the teacher cannot be named for legal reasons, I wish to know at which school the individual was teaching.” I am dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The information you have provided, including the link to a 2012 newspaper article, provides insufficient detail for me to be able to identify whether the Department holds the information that you have requested. It may help to explain that that central government is not the employer of school staff, with school governing bodies and academy trusts having that responsibility at local level. We are not, therefore, automatically notified of teachers who are arrested or charged with criminal offences.
If staff misconduct of any sort occurs, schools are responsible for considering the matter and deciding what action should be taken. Where a school identifies that a member of staff has harmed a child or is a risk of harm, they have a duty to refer the matter to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The DBS will then decide whether the individual should be barred from working in regulated activity with children and/or vulnerable adults.
In addition, where a school dismisses a teacher for serious misconduct or would have dismissed the teacher had they not resigned first, the school must consider whether to refer the matter to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). NCTL acts on behalf of the Secretary of State as regulator of the teaching profession and will determine if the individual concerned should be prohibited from carrying out teaching work in schools and other types of educational establishments in England. Details of cases that are judged appropriate to progress to professional conduct hearing stage will appear on Gov.UK five working days before the hearing is due to take place. The outcomes of those hearings are also published, but in some cases with the school name being redacted to preserve the anonymity of the pupils involved. More detail can be found on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...
To allow me to proceed with your request you would need to provide me with additional information about the teacher concerned, for example his name, date of birth, address. Although I appreciate that reporting restrictions set out by the court may mean obtaining such information may be problematic.
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me by visiting: https://www.education.gov.uk/contactus Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2015-0026875, please remember to quote this reference number in any future communications.
If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should make a complaint to the Department by writing to me within two calendar months of the date of this letter. Your complaint will be considered by an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original consideration of your request.
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Carol Macmillan 

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