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Teacher suspended for 'urging tuition fee protest'

Protest outside parliament
Image caption The protests saw scenes of chaos in Westminster

A school in north London has suspended a teacher over claims she encouraged pupils to take part in university tuition fee protests.

Sue Caldwell is understood to have been suspended from Friern Barnet School in Barnet after a parent complained.

Thousands of students took to the streets in December to voice anger over coalition plans to raise tuition fees to a maximum of £9,000 per year.

The demonstration spiralled into large-scale public disorder.

A Barnet Council spokesman said: "We can confirm a teacher has been suspended at Friern Barnet School.

"We would stress that the school has a duty of care and a suspension should be seen as a commitment to fulfilling this duty, rather than a comment in any way on the individual.

"We cannot comment further on any HR issue at this stage."

John Dixon, of the National Union of Teachers, said: "It would not be appropriate to comment on an individual case when under investigation."

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