Positive teacher-student relationships draw students into the process of learning High quality academic instruction is designed to be appropriate to students'. Teacher-student relationships should not be allowed in high school. Nothing good can ever come from getting involved with students and it should never. Teachers with strong teacher student relationships have more impact on their likely to do well at school, and teachers who actively build such relationships have a This is why I call them high-performance, teacher student relationships.
But they had to keep it a secret in school. He dumped her nine days before her A-levels — and then invigilated at her exams. Sophie didn't achieve anything like the grades she had been predicted but still got into university.
Then he rekindled the relationship.
'I wish someone had told me the relationship with my teacher was not my fault'
When it ended a second time, she fell apart, dropping out of university and into a life of chaos and self-destruction. All these years later, he still deserves to be punished for what he did, doesn't he?
Is it my responsibility to try to protect the girls at the school he's now teaching at? Prior to that act, the age of consent — 16 — was the only issue. Teaching unions claim pupil-teacher affairs are "very rare". Between andteachers were prosecuted for relationships with pupils, according to reports. One school has dealt with no fewer than five incidents. When, inChristopher Reen, 31, a classroom supervisor at Headlands school in Bridlington, was jailed for three years and four months after admitting six counts of sexual activity with a year-old female pupil, it emerged that four former staff at the same school had faced the courts in recent years over inappropriate sexual conduct.
There has never been a prosecution.
She has, however, fought for years to get him struck off the teachers' register — something she finally achieved in August this year. The relationship became nasty, violent, obsessive and physically and sexually abusive. It took just one conversation for them to make her realise she had been manipulated and abused. No one from these organisations contacted me.
I was a mess and couldn't go through with prosecution, but I always stuck to my story. They all knew what the allegations were, but none of them did anything to investigate. Everything was brushed under the carpet.
The teacher moved and continued teaching in a different part of Scotland.
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The police investigated for more than a year and ultimately charged the teacher with, she thinks, rape and assault. Nevertheless, the teacher was suspended by the council in April and finally struck off the teaching register last month. I see how he manipulated my year-old self and I realise how someone of my age would know, absolutely, that it was completely wrong and inappropriate to get into a relationship with someone of that age.
And I wish someone had told me that it was never, ever my fault. Sikes first fell in love with her husband when she was 14 and he was her year-old teacher. Their sexual relationship, however, did not begin until he left the school when she was While stressing that girls need to be protected against predatory male teachers, her study concludes that this should not be "through blanket laws that have the effect of making all women into weak, potential victims".
Others describe relationships with teachers that were on the cusp of inappropriate and caused parents and other teachers concern — but were ultimately a positive experience. Sapphire had an intense, albeit non-sexual, relationship with her maths teacher between the ages of 13 and From him, I learned that the opposite sex could be gentle, empathetic, clever, interesting and interested.
I never had the slightest interest in boys of my own age because, by comparison, they were sexually crass, emotionally unreliable and intellectually dull. To this day, I'm grateful for that. That fixed distance is shortening; those old boundaries — between professional and private, home and school, formal and informal — are blurring.
It has been illegal in Britain since for a teacher to engage in sexual activity with any pupil at their school under the age of But despite a recent YouGov survey of 2, adults claiming that one in six people know someone who had an "intimate relationship" with a teacher while at school, teachers stress that the number of cases that ever go as far as court is tiny, and the number that end up in a conviction tinier still. The NASUWT says it deals with about allegations of misconduct against its members each year, but only five or six involving inappropriate sexual contact most concern alleged physical abuse.
As obviously inexcusable as they are, however, some teachers feel the intense media and public focus on a small number of high-profile cases such as those of Goddard and Reen — or, to take two more, Jenine Saville-King, a Watford teaching assistant cleared two years ago of sexual activity after exchanging pages of MSN messages in three months and text messages in four days with a year-old pupil, and Madeleine Martin, a religious education teacher from Manchester, who this month admitted an eight-day affair with a year-old boy from her school whom she first arranged to meet on Facebook — may be missing a much broader point.
That's always happened, and I imagine it always will. Electronic media certainly gives greater access.
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But while it may also give the illusion of creating a private space, it's also written evidence. There is definitely an issue here, though. Electronic communication is different. And while schools are creating web portals and actively encouraging online contact between staff and pupils, there are all sorts of guidelines warning us never ever to use Facebook with students, or to give out our personal mobile phone numbers or email addresses.
The trouble is, it's very easy for the lines to get blurred. Public and private space get muddied. So what do you do? You don't want to risk losing the kids, so you give them your own mobile number. And once that's happened, once a number is out there. And emails, too; I've sent personal emails to sixth-formers wishing them luck with their exam the next day. You can't be a jobsworth these days. An email or text is very much a one-to-one thing; a pupil might feel specially valued.
Even on the school site, I could be marking online, live, maybe quite late in the evening. I could have had a glass of wine. I could start discussing work with a student who's also online. It's Facebook by another name, really. You could easily make comments you'd regret. Digital communication is a two-way street.
Phil Ryan, a now-retired science teacher from Liverpool, briefly became an unlikely — and, as far as he was concerned, unwished-for — internet sensation last year when mobile phone footage of him doing the funky chicken for a sixth-form class on the last day of term was posted on YouTube and attracted more than 5, viewings and plenty of adverse comments within days. Earlier this year, more than 30 pupils were suspended from Grey Coat Hospital School, a Church of England secondary in London, after dozens of girls joined a Facebook group called The Hate Society and posted hundreds of "deeply insulting comments" about one of their teachers.
Emails can be misinterpreted According to a survey this spring for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and the Teachers Support Network, as many as one in 10 teachers have experienced some form of cyberbullying.
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The consequences can be serious for teachers, many of whom are less technologically sophisticated than their students: That can be incredibly distressing. And they can do worse; there was a case in one school where pupils took a photo of a teacher's face, edited it onto a really gross, pornographic image of another woman's body, and stuck it online.
It has called for any school policy that requests or requires teachers to disclose their mobile numbers or email addresses to pupils to be banned; wants new legislation to outlaw teachers being named on websites; would like strategies to prevent all use of mobile phones when school is in session; and has even demanded that pupils' phones be classed as potentially dangerous weapons.
But they've thrown up new pressures and concerns.
For a start, they've changed expectations of teachers — there's a real expectation in some schools now that teachers will basically be available at the convenience of the pupil.
There's also, with email, an expectation of a more or less instant response. And these forms of communication are far more informal, in style and content. You respond in a way you never would in a letter, or face to face. Teachers, Keates says, feel "increasingly vulnerable".