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Teacher struck off for sexual messages to former pupil

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Image caption Richard Day, who recently taught at Erasmus Darwin Academy in Burntwood, admitted his conduct in texting former pupils was unprofessional

A teacher has been struck off after admitting sending messages of a sexual nature to a former pupil.

Richard Day, 32, was working at Erasmus Darwin Academy in Burntwood, Staffordshire, when he befriended on Facebook a student he taught at his previous school, Nunnery Wood High School in Worcester.

In the messages he discussed the pupil's sexuality and criticised his former students.

He was fired by Erasmus Darwin in 2014.

Day - who is banned from teaching for life and cannot appeal against the decision for five years - had been employed at Nunnery Wood until the summer of 2012.

After this he moved to Staffordshire and became friends with his former student, who was then aged between 15 and 16.

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Image caption A panel found Richard Day's contact with a pupil at his former school in Worcester was initially supportive but soon became sexually motivated

A panel from the National Council for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) heard Day had discussed buying alcohol for the pupil, and suggested arranging for "no strings" sex.

He also said the pupil's cousin was "hot" and "fit", and also intimated the student could have sex with Day's own cousin.

The panel said Day admitted bringing "the profession into disrepute" with his actions, and said the communication "was increasingly over-familiar and became wholly inappropriate and sexually motivated".

It also noted Day's previous good teaching record and how the initial contact his initial was "intended to support and counsel a troubled pupil".

Bernice Astling, principal at Erasmus Darwin Academy, said the school acted quickly when allegations against Day emerged.

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