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English teacher banned from profession for 'secretive' relationship

Leventhorpe Business and Enterprise Academy Image copyright Google
Image caption A professional misconduct panel heard details of Tuesday Nathan's relationship with a pupil at Leventhorpe Business and Enterprise Academy

A teacher who hugged one of her pupils in a darkened room and had personal contact with her outside school hours has been banned from the profession.

Tuesday Nathan, 29, had an "inappropriate relationship" with a girl at the Leventhorpe Business and Enterprise Academy in Hertfordshire.

A professional misconduct panel found their relationship from 2012-15 developed in a "secretive manner".

English teacher Ms Nathan was banned from the profession indefinitely.

The panel was told Ms Nathan admitted hugging the pupil in a darkened classroom at the school in Sawbridgeworth in December 2014.

She also admitted giving the girl her personal mobile number and having "regular communication" with her outside of school, as well as giving her a lift in her car without parental permission.

Image caption Text messages, emails and social media exchanges had been "sexually motivated", a panel ruled

Ms Nathan denied that her conduct had been sexually motivated, but the panel found the allegation "proven on the balance of probabilities".

Writing on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education, Jayne Millions said the panel had found "conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute".

But she said, "the panel considered that Ms Nathan's behaviour, on the whole, was at the less serious end of the possible spectrum."

Ms Nathan will be able to apply for the prohibition order to be lifted in five years' time, she added.

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