A headteacher has been banned from the country’s classrooms after she failed to disclose her relationship with a sex offender.
Caroline Riley, 54, dishonestly failed to reveal the courtship while she was head teacher at George Betts Primary School in Smethwick.
She took over as head in 2009 and a Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) disciplinary panel found that the following year, despite advice to the contrary, she failed to disclose the relationship.
The disciplinary panel also heard she misled an investigation into the situation by saying she was advised there was no reason to disclose that she had a relationship with the offender. It also heard she failed to demonstrate insight into how her relationship with the offender impacted on her role as headteacher – and that she had acted dishonestly.
The panel found that in acting as she had, she was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct that could bring the teaching profession into disrepute.