Drama teachers 'sacked for allowing GCSE students to perform play in front of parents depicting ****

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Drama teachers 'sacked for allowing GCSE students to perform play in front of parents depicting ****, oral sex and child abuse'

  • Play even featured pupil acting out role of father sexually abusing daughter
  • It shocked teachers, upset parents and left children sobbing and vomiting
  • Complaints were made and teachers were sacked for gross misconduct
  • Two unidentified staff members are now pursuing unfair dismissal claims
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 01:58 EST, 26 October 2012 | UPDATED: 03:36 EST, 26 October 2012
Two drama teachers were sacked for allowing GCSE students perform in a play involving depictions of ****, oral sex and child abuse within a family in front of their parents and classmates.

The play - which even featured a pupil acting out the role of a father sexually abusing his daughter - shocked teachers, upset parents and left children sobbing and vomiting in distress.

Complaints were made and the two unnamed teachers, who were supervising the 15 and 16-year-olds who wrote and acted in the play, were sacked by the school for gross misconduct.


Play: Two drama teachers were sacked for letting GCSE students perform in a play involving depictions of ****, sex acts and child abuse within a family (picture posed by models)

They are now pursuing unfair dismissal claims - but the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled this week that a previous decision in their favour was ‘perverse’ and that their cases must be re-heard.

The teachers taught drama at an unidentified school. One was head of the department - and they were responsible for supervising GCSE students in writing, rehearsal, production and performance.

The ‘age-inappropriate’ material included graphic descriptions of sex, ****, oral sex between father and daughter, child abuse between parents and children, and group sex within a family, EAT judge Lady Smith said.

A showcase of the work was held in front of friends and relatives, but the department head failed to warn those invited of the potentially disturbing nature of the production.

Even the headteacher of the school was not told about the content and was unaware of what
the students had been involved in until after the showcase, Lady Smith said.


‘The principal complaint came from a parent who described not only her own distress, but the distress of others, including a girl who was sobbing after the performance and a boy and one of the actors who were vomiting as a result of their distress,’ she said.

The local county council’s safeguarding manager for education was called in to view a DVD of the performance and said he was shocked and concerned that the students had been allowed to engage in such sexualised behaviour.

Some of the children were acting out roles of abusers or victims and he said he found the material ‘offensive, disturbing and potentially abusive’ of the young people involved.

He described it as a ‘crude portrayal of abusive acts’ and said it might not be known for some time what effect being involved in such a production might have had on the students.


Recording: The local county council's safeguarding manager for education was called in to view a DVD of the performance and said he was shocked and concerned (file picture)

In disciplinary proceedings, the teachers both put forward statements from others who had watched or been involved in the production and who described their experiences as positive.

Following their dismissal, both teachers took their case to an employment tribunal and succeeded in claims for unfair dismissal. It said that there was ‘no cogent evidence’ of a risk of, or actual, harm to the children involved.

The school’s governing body and county council had failed to interview a representative sample of those who took part or watched the showcase to compare and contrast with the opinions of the safeguarding manager, who had ‘no experience of drama’, the tribunal said.

But, overturning the decision as ‘perverse’, Lady Smith said the tribunal was wrong because the safeguarding manager had shown he had professional experience of role play in abuse scenarios and had spoken of the potential effects on participants.

Lady Smith said the fact that participants and viewers of the performance were not interviewed was an ‘irrelevant factor’ for the tribunal to have taken into consideration.

The tribunal members had also failed to take account of some relevant matters and failed to apply the proper test in coming to their decision on the teachers’ claims.

Sending the cases back for a new employment tribunal hearing, she continued: ‘Matters need to be looked at afresh with the correct questions being addressed under reference to all relevant facts and circumstances.’

How much do you want to see this play?
 

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A few of my favorites things...

Was that the name of the play?
Well the preliminary title was "Uncle Paul: A Love Story"

But I think they went with "Please Daddy No"
 

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What moron teacher thinks doing that sort of play is a good idea? I know, the idiots who I went to high school with who could barley form a sentence but some how have teaching degrees.