Teacher who dragged pupil out of classroom and called another a brat gets ban

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A primary school teacher who called one pupil a brat and dragged another out of the classroom, hitting the kid’s head on the doorframe, has been banned from teaching.

Corinne Culver, 34, quit her school in Maidstone, Kent, after being suspended from the classroom in 2019.

A Teaching Regulation Agency panel has now heard allegations that between November 2018 and February 2019, Culver used inappropriate force against the pupils – aged four and five – at Tiger Primary.

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She was said to have pulled one girl by the hand so that her feet left the ground, dragged the same pupil out of the classroom so that she hit her head on the door frame, and on another occasion lifted and carried her by placing both her arms around her chest from behind.

The last of those incidents was caught on CCTV.

Culver was also said to have dragged another pupil by the wrist to remove him from the bathroom.

She failed to record any of the incidents on the school’s systems.

The hearing – which Culver did not attend – also heard that she made inappropriate comments in front of the kids, saying things such as: "Get her away from me” and "She’s been a right brat”.

The panel heard evidence from her former colleagues.

One described an occasion when she heard screaming coming from Culver’s classroom and went to check if she needed help. She said she found Culver holding a pupil by the wrist and holding her up in the air.

She described the grip as “tight and forceful” and said the youngster's feet were not touching the floor, by a distance equivalent to a forearm.

Another staff member described how a certain pupil was often reluctant to come to school and, when dropped off at school, would often go to the bathroom and scream and shout. Culver was seen dragging him screaming from the toilets.

The panel found all the allegations proven and said that there were no extenuating circumstances that would have justified such use of force.

The panel concluded: "We were satisfied that the conduct of Ms Culver amounted to misconduct of a serious nature which fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession.

"It is not acceptable for a teacher to use unreasonable force or inappropriate physical intervention and it is not acceptable to drag or pull pupils or hold them off of the floor.”

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Culver was banned from teaching indefinitely and told she could not apply for the ban to be lifted for at least two years.

Tiger Primary head Hayley King said: "We were shocked and distressed when these incidents were reported.

“After several years at the school as a teaching assistant, Ms Culver had been moving successfully towards a full teaching qualification and there were no previous concerns about her conduct.

“However, the school took the appropriate action and suspended Ms Culver when the incidents were reported by members of staff.

"Her actions cannot be condoned, even in a challenging situation.”

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