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Teacher Who Told Teenage Girl He Was Watching Porn Could Return To The Profession

14/08/2014 16:51 | Updated 22 May 2015

Teacher who told teenage girl he was watching porn could return to the classroom

A teacher will potentially to be allowed to return to the profession despite being found guilty of 'unacceptable conduct'.

Gregory Hallam, 40, is reported to have told one 14-year-old schoolgirl whom he had befriended on Facebook that he was watching porn, and on another occasion got a male pupil to rub an inflated condom covered in baby oil until it burst.

Mr Hallam was found to have used school computers to access pornography while he was teaching French and Spanish at Oriel High School in Norfolk.

A disciplinary hearing banned him from the classroom for two years, but he will be able to apply again for teaching positions if he manages to convince the National College for Teaching and Leaders that he is fit to teach.

The hearing into his behaviour was told that Hallam's actions 'indicated a deep-seated attitude that could lead to harmful behaviour'.

"We consider that Mr Hallam's comments in relation to this subject were inappropriate given that he was not conducting a sex and relationship education class and there were younger pupils in the classroom," investigators said.

"He failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries in his relationship with a 14-year-old student, Student A, by accepting her as a friend on Facebook, communicating with her through Facebook on four occasions and made an inappropriate comment to her on the site by saying he was 'watching porn'."

The panel was told there was 'no good reason' why Hallam befriend the student, and that 'the dangers of doing so' were then clearly illustrated by his comment about pornography.

Alan Meyrick, Deputy Director for Teacher Regulation at the Department for Education, announced Mr Hallam's ban and said he had 'failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries in his relationships with students'.

"The Panel find these actions amount to unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute," Mr Meyrick said. "The Panel find that Mr Hallam's behaviour was simply not consistent with the standards that are expected of a teacher. They also say that it is of the utmost importance that a teacher at all times maintains a proper and professional relationship with students."

He added that he had given 'careful attention to the totality of the findings in this case' and 'the need to be proportionate'.

"In my judgement, this case is one where the outcome should be a Prohibition Order to reflect the serious nature of the findings and the fact that those actions were not a one off event," he said.

The Mail reports that the panel had identified 'some remorse' from Mr Hallam and that he should be entitled to apply to have the Prohibition Order set aside after two years.

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