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Teacher Force-Fed Custard To Crying Pupil

14/08/2014 16:48 | Updated 22 May 2015
Teacher force-fed boy custard

A teacher who force-fed a young pupil with custard has been banned from teaching.

Amanda Whitfield, 60, made the unidentified boy, aged seven, eat the custard despite him crying and gagging.

Mrs Whitfield also restrained another child with a belt, and slapped a third a pupil across the face.

The Teaching Agency Panel said her actions were 'plainly inappropriate' and banned her from teaching for two years.

Mrs Whitfield was a teacher at St Stephens Primary School in Launceston, Cornwall where she worked with children with learning or communication problems.

The panel, chaired by Kathy Thomson, found five of the nine charges against Mrs Whitfield were proven and ruled she was guilty of 'unacceptable professional conduct'.

The panel said Mrs Whitfield had previously enjoyed a 'long and excellent career' and had been at the school for 20 years.

The panel's report read: "The proved facts, in our view, indicate misconduct of a serious nature and conduct that falls significantly short of the standard of behaviour expected of a teacher.

"We recognise the challenging circumstances in which Mrs Whitfield was working and the complex needs of the children.

"Mrs Whitfield's actions of inappropriate restraint, slapping a pupil and inappropriate feeding methods jeopardised the safety and well-being of children under her supervision; on these occasions, she failed to understand and act upon her duty to safeguard children in her care."

Mrs Whitfield's ban is imposed by Education Secretary Michael Gove.

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