Teacher banned over child porn images

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A religious education teacher caught downloading child pornography will not be allowed to teach again, Education Secretary Michael Gove has told MPs.

Geoffrey Bettley was sacked from a secondary school in West Yorkshire after being given a police caution when 200 images of child pornography were found on his computer.

But a professional conduct panel ruled that he should be allowed to return to teaching after concluding he "does not represent a risk to children and young people".

When questioned about the matter by Conservative Philip Davies on 24 June 2013, Mr Gove said procedures had been tightened up following the case.

Mr Gove said: "It is a very serious issue...it is the case that Mr Bettley is not teaching at the moment and will not be teaching in the future.

"It is also the case that the process that we arrived at for ensuring the National College of Teaching and Leadership reviewed cases was not as good as it should have been, to put it mildly. I don't put the blame at anyone else's door other than my own.

"But one of the things I have been anxious to do following on from the Bettley case is to make sure that we have new guidance in order to ensure decisions which are taken in the future are appropriate to keep our children safe."

Mr Bettley was employed at St Mary's from September 2001 to December 2011.

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