Male Teacher Struck Off For Asking Schoolgirls To Take Off Their Bras

13/03/2015 14:01 | Updated 20 May 2015

Closeup of a woman fastening a bra

A teacher has been banned from the classroom for telling sixth form schoolgirls to remove their bras for a photo shoot.

A hearing was told that Michael Diggle, 39, prepared for a 'provocative play' by applying bruise make-up to a girl's upper back and neck before asking her to remove her bra and lower her clothing above her waist.

He then commented on her 'curvaceous figure' and at the end of the photo session gave her 'a big hug'.

He asked another student to take off her bra so he could photograph her and later gave her a fireman's lift.

A professional conduct panel decided he acted inappropriately and brought the profession into disrepute, but 'was not sexually motivated'.

The incidents happened at Southfield School, Kettering, Northamptonshire in 2012 when A-level drama students were asked to put on a play called Crave.

Photographs of the students 'in provocative poses' were used in the play, the panel said.

The panel said Mr Diggle's behaviour, and the fact he was alone with the teenagers at the time, was inappropriate.

It did not find his actions were sexually motivated but were motivated by his 'pedagogical desire to develop the students' abilities in drama and stretch them'.

However, despite his 'previously good history' and evidence, including from the students he photographed, that he was 'trusted, respected and well-liked', the panel advised the Department for Education he should be struck off for two years.

The panel found Mr Diggle had 'not fully accepted that his conduct was wrong'.

Southfield School has dismissed him for gross misconduct.


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