South East Wales

Ysgol Y Deri teacher suspended over unsupervised pupils

Ben Williams Image copyright Ben Williams

A former teacher at a special school in Vale of Glamorgan who left three of his pupils unsupervised has been suspended from teaching for 18 months.

Ben Williams taught at Ysgol Y Deri in Penarth and denied unacceptable professional conduct over three separate incidents in December 2014.

Mr Williams was sacked from the school in December 2015.

The allegations were found proven by an Education Workforce Council's fitness to practise committee in Cardiff.

The hearing was was told Mr Williams was suspended from the school after the third incident, which had opened two months earlier, and he was sacked about a year later.

Matthew Richards, representing Mr Williams, said he had been the victim of a "vendetta" following earlier disciplinary issues.

However Cadi Dewi, representing the EWC, told the panel that there was "no reliable evidence" to support the claims of bullying and harassment.

BBC Wales understands that Mr Williams dropped his claim for unfair dismissal after he was paid £25,000 by Vale of Glamorgan Council.

A council spokesman said it would be inappropriate to comment.

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