North East Wales

Teacher Denise Archer-Jones suspended from teachers' register

A former deputy head teacher accused of humiliating a five-year-old by standing her on a table has been suspended from the teachers' register for six months.

Denise Archer-Jones had been found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

Ms Archer-Jones, 55, taught at Ysgol Glan Gele, Abergele, Conwy.

She said she did not harm children emotionally or physically but with hindsight she would not have placed the child on the table.

The General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) panel said her behaviour included "serious instances of unacceptable professional conduct".

Its judgement said: "We are persuaded that Miss Archer-Jones has significant professional development needs that should be addressed before she can return to teaching."

She must complete a programme in behaviour management before she can resume her career.

'Unreasonable and inappropriate'

Earlier her barrister Louis Browne told the hearing in Ewloe, Flintshire, that it was Ms Archer-Jones's wish to return to teaching, adding it was a job she loves.

Mr Browne said she had been working in Nigeria, Italy and Russia, where she taught 10 children adopted by a Moscow banker. Since February she had worked in market research.

He described what happened in 2007 as isolated lapses when she was under "exceptional stress".

The professional conduct committee accepted that the deputy head shouted at a girl known as Pupil C before using "excessive and inappropriate physical force" when placing her on a table, and continued to shout at the youngster.

It was "unreasonable and inappropriate given the pupil was upset," said chair Sheila Drayton.

The committee also accepted that Ms Archer-Jones took hold of a second girl, Pupil A, by her arm, shook her and pushed her down into a seat.

Shocked and upset

On both occasions Ms Archer-Jones "temporarily lost self-control," the GTCW decided.

The committee accepted the evidence of teaching assistant Patricia Hanna describing her as a "credible witness".

Ms Archer-Jones was cleared of other allegations.

She said earlier she had been shocked and upset when she was suspended following the allegations, which she had denied.

She said with hindsight she would not have put the five-year-old on the table in front of the class with 25 pupils.

Ms Archer-Jones said she did it because the girl was being disruptive, and stood by her side so she would not be isolated from the rest of the group.

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