Child protection

Teaching unions vow to work towards reopening English schools | Education

Teaching unions say they are willing to work with the government to begin reopening schools in England as long as it can be done safely, amid concerns about a renewed coronavirus outbreak. The debate over Boris Johnson’s decision to return some primary pupils to classrooms on 1 June has grown increasingly acrimonious after the British Medical Association (BMA) backed teaching unions who said the government was moving too quickly. Pressure on the unions increased after the children’s commissioner for England…

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Teacher who confessed to abusing boys in US found working in Essex school | Education

A teacher who has faced multiple allegations of child sexual abuse in the US and confessed to molesting schoolboys has been uncovered working in a secondary school in Essex, the Guardian can reveal. Stephen Jackson, 72, taught English to 11- to 13-year-olds at Tendring technology college this term despite previously confessing to police in California that he engaged in sexual acts with children. It has also emerged that he previously worked for two years at a school in south London…

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Former Chetham’s headteachers accused of ignoring abuse | UK news

A lawyer for some of the victims in an inquiry into child sexual abuse has attacked the evidence given by three former headteachers at a prestigious music school. Peter Hullah, John Vallins and Claire Moreland – all headteachers at Chetham’s School of Music – were criticised for ignoring the abuse of their pupils and failing to disclose essential evidence. A public inquiry was launched after the music teacher Christopher Ling was suspected of grooming and sexually abusing a number of…

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