School teacher sacked for joking about pupil’s ‘semi’ insists he meant house

School teacher sacked for joking about pupil’s ‘semi’ insists he meant house


A primary school teacher has been sacked after joking about a schoolboy’s “semi”, insisting he was teaching a geography lesson on housing and actually meant “home” Year six teacher David Ryan, 44, was overheard laughing as he told the youngster at John Perryn Primary School, in Ealing, London, three times: “You have got a semi there ”, a disciplinary panel heard. Ryan, who was not present or represented at the hearing, also made inappropriate comments about the 18-year-old aunt of a schoolgirl, identified as Pupil B, He asked the the schoolgirl if her relative was single and told her: “If she was a few years older, the things I would do to her” The hearing also found that Ryan touched Pupil B’s chest during the trip while fitting fencing gear and later told her: “Your butt is mine” He also told another girl: “You have a lovely figure,” and was seen flicking pupils’ hair The teacher was struck off after the panel ruled he crossed “unambiguous boundaries” Ryan was also found to have walked in on girls getting changed on a school trip and telling one pupil: “Your butt is mine” The Teaching Regulation Agency heard Ryan was heard making the “semi” remark by a colleague, who presumed he was teaching a grammar lesson on semi-colon Ryan later claimed he was teaching a geography lesson about housing stock in the Spring 2017 term — and was asking the boy if he “lived in a semi-detached house” But the panel, sitting in Coventry, West Midlands heard geography was not a usual Year 6 subject Watchdog chairman Geoffrey Panzer said: “As Mr Ryan was laughing when he said it, it was more likely that the ‘semi’ comment was an inappropriate innuendo ” Ryan was also found to have crossed boundaries by walking in on schoolgirls during a school trip to Dorset in May 2017 Pupil B claimed the teacher would come into the dorm she shared with five other girls “once or twice a day” Mr Panzer said: “On one occasion, Mr Ryan entered the bedroom when Pupil B was not fully dressed, which caused her to run into the bathroom to avoid him seeing her “Pupil B said that she, and the other pupils, were concerned that Mr Ryan may see them in a state of undress so, if any of the pupils were changing, one would stand by the door in order to block anyone trying to open the door ” The Teaching Regulation Agency said he “demonstrated crass stupidity as opposed to anything more sinister” Mr Panzer added: “Nevertheless, it was also a lengthy pattern of behaviour that indicated a large number of serious misjudgements in his behaviour and relationships with pupils and, to some extent, their families ” Ryan was banned indefinitely for unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that could bring the profession into disrepute He has 28 days to appeal and can reapply to teach in two years. Mr Panzer added: ““The conduct of Mr Ryan amounted to misconduct of a serious nature which fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession “On a number of occasions over a lengthy period of time, Mr Ryan made inappropriate comments and crossed unambiguous boundaries on physical contact, all of which raised concerns as to his conduct ”

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