Teacher wins appeal

A teacher who was barred from the classroom after being convicted of assault for smacking his daughter yesterday won an appeal.

A teacher who was barred from the classroom after being convicted of assault for smacking his daughter yesterday won an appeal.

The primary school teacher, 50, who cannot be named, went to the court of session in Edinburgh to challenge the General Teaching Council's decision to remove him from their register last year.

The father of three has been confined to duties in a teachers' library service in north Lanarkshire since December 1998, when he was charged.

But yesterday three appeal court judges cleared the way for him to return to the classroom when they ruled the GTC was wrong in effect to end his career.

Hamilton sheriff court had found in 1999 that he had caused his daughter unnecessary suffering when he smacked her when she refused to let a dentist remove a tooth.


Gerard Seenan

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