Two-year ban for ‘IOU’ head

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-12-30-08THE FORMER head-teacher of Ysgol Gymunedol Bro Siôn Cwilt in Synod Inn has been banned from teaching.

An Education Workforce Council disciplinary Council convened in Cardiff earlier this week found Helen Hopkins of unacceptable professional misconduct but stopped short of making a finding of dishonesty against her.

The panel heard how Mrs Hopkins had left a series of IOUs after taking cash from her school’s Christmas card fund, money collected at the school eisteddfod, and from the school’s cashbox.

Mrs Hopkins admitted seven counts of misconduct at a Cardiff hearing this week. But denied using teacher research funding to pay for her two children to visit Ireland in 2012.

While Mrs Hopkins admitted taking the cash, she denied that her actions were unacceptable professional misconduct and denied taking the money for her own personal use. However, the panel decided that her actions amounted to unacceptable professional conduct. The panel imposed an indefinite ban on Mrs Hopkins, but she can apply to re-register after two years.

Mrs Hopkins resigned as head-teacher of Ysgol Gymunedol Bro Siôn Cwilt earlier this year.

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