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Princes Risborough teacher banned for sex with pupil

A woman who taught religious education at a school in Buckinghamshire has been banned from teaching for having sex with a male pupil.

Erin La Porte was found guilty of misconduct by the General Teaching Council (GTC).

Ms La Porte lost her job as a teacher at Princes Risborough School in Buckinghamshire in September 2007.

She had told a colleague about the relationship with the boy, who was aged over 16.

A GTC disciplinary panel found that Ms La Porte's conduct was "fundamentally incompatible" with her continuing to be a registered teacher.

'Significant risk'

Ms La Porte chose not to attend the disciplinary hearing held in Birmingham.

In its judgment, the panel concluded: "We are satisfied that Ms La Porte's conduct falls short of the standard expected of a registered teacher and is a breach of the standards of propriety expected of the profession.

"Accordingly her actions amount to unacceptable professional conduct.

"Engaging in sexual activity with Pupil A was entirely inappropriate and unprofessional and fundamentally breached the code of conduct and practice for registered teachers."

The panel said that it had banned Ms La Porte from teaching because it feared she posed "a significant risk of repeating the behaviour" because of her "lack of insight" into her behaviour.

The panel ruled that Ms La Porte could not apply to be a teacher again for at least four years.

It said: "Without a successful application, Ms La Porte remains barred from teaching indefinitely."

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