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Suspended teacher, Sue Caldwell awaits ballot result and hearing

Issue No. 2244

Suspended teacher Sue Caldwell was still awaiting her disciplinary hearing this week and the results of a solidarity ballot.

Sue, a teacher at Friern Barnet secondary school in Barnet, north London, was suspended from work in January.

Her suspension followed a single allegation from a parent that she encouraged students to join protests to defend education. Her employer charged her with gross misconduct in February. Sue denies the charges.

Sue is the NUT union branch rep in the school and also president of Barnet NUT.

Many see her suspension as an attack on a union activist—as well as on students’ right to protest. Teachers at the school have made clear their willingness to strike in protest at Sue’s victimisation.

And students have posted messages of support for her on Facebook.

If Sue is found guilty of gross misconduct, the General Teaching Council could remove her licence to teach in the future.

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Tue 22 Mar 2011, 17:18 GMT
Issue No. 2244
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