Teacher suspended for bullying primary pupils

Joanna Hyde was a Year 5 teacher at the Welsh medium school Ysgol y Berllan
Deg, in Cardiff, when concerns were raised on behalf of 15 pupils aged nine
and 10 in her class in early 2007. A panel from the General Teaching Council
for Wales heard evidence that she threw a book at one pupil and called
another “a wimp” and “a clown” in front of the class.

One pupil was so intimidated he asked his mother to dye his red hair brown so
he would be less noticeable to Ms Hyde, the hearing was told. It heard that
Ms Hyde also persisted in getting pupils to fill in a behaviour chart in the
classroom despite it being against school policy and being told to use a
reward system instead, the panel heard. Ms Hyde, 27, did not attend the
hearing and was not represented, but admitted in writing that her behaviour
amounted to unacceptable professional conduct.

She must successfully complete training in positive behaviour management
before she is eligible to register as a teacher again. The panel found that
she refused to comply with reasonable instruction and showed conduct
incompatible with the ethos of the school. It also found that she displayed
inappropriate behaviour or conduct, and bullying or intimidating behaviour,
towards pupils.

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