Teacher used pedometer to suggest boy was a paedophile
A science teacher who joked that a pupil covered in blue ink looked like they just had sex with a smurf has avoided a classroom ban.
Adam Evans also made beeping noises while holding a pedometer near a boy to suggest he was a paedophile.
Another pupil said he ‘started talking about finger-blasting girls’ and that he described a pupil’s textile work as ‘troll pubes’.
Other comments included an inappropriate remark after witnessing a child spitting chocolate into a bin.
Despite all this being proven, Evans was not kicked out of the profession. Evans, who is believed to be in his late 20s, was employed at Fazakerley High School in Liverpool from September 2015 as a trainee teacher, and from September 2016, as a newly qualified science teacher.
On 6 February 2018, a pupil complained about a number of inappropriate comments made by Evans during a lesson. Following an investigation he was brought before a disciplinary hearing in April 2018 and fired for gross misconduct.
It emerged the teacher also suggested a pupil ‘sniff a seat’ which a person had been sitting on while making crude references to genitalia.
A professional conduct panel report released this month heard evidence on these allegations from Evans.
He accepted all of the alleged comments had been said by him, and that ‘each was inappropriate and of a sexual nature, although there was no sexual intent behind their use’.
He recalled the comments were all made in one lesson at the end of January or beginning of 2018.
Evans himself accepted that ‘he used humour as a teaching tool but, for this lesson, due to the stresses he was under, he had severely misjudged what was appropriate’.
He conceded that he ‘treated these pupils as if they were his friends’.
The panel also heard that Evans had many positive references from teaching colleagues who all described him being an excellent teacher.
A review form about Evans found he had scored a Grade 1 for nearly all criteria. And the document described him as having made ‘exceptional progress’.
The Teaching Regulation Agency panel, led by chairman Professor Roger Woods, concluded: that although some pupils had been upset by Evans’ comments, there was no evidence that any pupils had suffered any harm.’
He added: ‘It appeared that Mr Evans now had a full and clear understanding as to how to appropriately communicate with pupils.’