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Teacher banned after hugging and kissing pupils at prom

A instructor has been banned from the career after consuming alcohol and then hugging and kissing pupils at their yr 11 prom.

Chris Naylor, 39, threatened to share images of different workers members consuming at the Congleton High School prom in Cheshire if he wasn’t given a settlement of 9 months’ wage throughout an inner evaluation.

At a evaluation into his behaviour at the occasion in June final yr, he admitted to consuming alcohol earlier than the prom, and mentioned he had not eaten a correct meal for a while, which means it had a “disproportionate effect” on him.

He can't appeal for at least two years
Image: He cannot enchantment for at least two years

A report from the investigation mentioned: “Mr Naylor was witnessed drinking alcohol, dancing inappropriately behind a pupil, kissing pupils on the cheek, placing his hands on the waists of pupils and hugging others.”

Mr Naylor admitted he “let his guard down” and engaged in “inappropriate” behaviour with a number of pupils, which included hugging them, holding their arms or wrists, kissing them on the pinnacle, brow or cheek, and dancing carefully with them.

When the varsity opened its personal investigation into his conduct, he made what was thought of to be a “threat” that he might launch “photographs of other members of staff on social media” which might “tarnish the school’s reputation”.

Mr Naylor admitted his behaviour lacked integrity, and the panel discovered he had behaved in a method which introduced the career into disrepute.

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Mr Naylor posted this picture at the school in 2018
Image: Mr Naylor posted this image at the varsity in 2018

He additionally mentioned he used alcohol to calm his nerves earlier than the occasion, citing a well being difficulty, however not offering any medical proof for the issue.

He was banned from instructing for at least two years, however the panel did hear from a few of his colleagues who spoke in a constructive method about his dedication to the varsity and to instructing.

One mentioned: “Chris is an outstanding teacher…his dedication to the school and students has led to hundreds of hours of extra-curricular work after school, lunchtimes and holidays.”

Another referred to as him “fantastic” and a 3rd mentioned he was “one of the most passionate teachers I have ever come across”.

The panel additionally weighed up that whereas his behaviour on the prom night time might have been classed as an error of judgement, the risk made to the varsity got here two months later and was “a pre-empted course of conduct”.

He was seen kissing pupils and touching their waists
Image: He was seen kissing pupils and touching their waists

In a judgement, Alan Meyrick, on behalf of the Department for Education, mentioned: “Chris Naylor is prohibited from instructing indefinitely and can’t train in any faculty, sixth kind school, related youth lodging or youngsters’s dwelling in England.

“He might apply for the prohibition order to be put aside, however not till 21 August 2021, two years from the date of this order at the earliest.

“Without a successful application, Mr Chris Naylor remains prohibited from teaching indefinitely.”

Mr Naylor had been at Congleton High School since 2006, the place he was the deputy curriculum chief for PE and a yr 11 steering group chief.

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