South West Wales

Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe teacher Ciaran Lloyd keeps job after drugs driving

A teacher caught driving after smoking cannabis will keep his job if he completes a drugs awareness course.

Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe teacher Ciaran Lloyd, 29, had been convicted of driving whilst unfit through drugs, and failing to stop following an accident in June 2011.

The General Teaching Council for Wales said Mr Lloyd, from Swansea, must pay for the drugs course himself.

It accepted he had made a genuine expression of regret over the incident.

The professional conduct committee found that the Swansea secondary school design technology teacher's conviction were "relevant offences" to his employment.

Panel chairwoman Sheila Drayton said his references were "positive about his character and commitment to teaching".

"Following his conviction he was given a one-year probationary period with a provision for drug testing - although drug testing was not carried out," she said.

"We accept that he made a genuine expression of regret and shown some insight," she said.

The panel heard that it was not an "isolated lapse of judgement" and that Mr Lloyd had admitted using cannabis over a three month period.

The teacher was told he must attend a drug awareness programme, at his own expense, within 12 months if he wanted to remain a registered teacher.

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