Jonathan Storey has helped a senior teacher, accused initially of over 30 serious safeguarding failings, to have many of them rejected following a seven day hearing before a professional conduct panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency. The panel, which accepted her admissions in relation to a much smaller number of failings, took the “exceptional” step of not recommending that she be prohibited from teaching. In its decision, published this week, the panel said that it “was left in no doubt [the teacher] is able to continue to make a valuable contribution to the profession … [The] panel was convinced that her remorse and passion was genuine and a reflection of her dedication to teaching … [She] demonstrated some extremely considered insight into her actions … [The] panel thought [her] to be a truly exceptional teacher”.
The teacher, who instructed Jonathan through the National Association of Headteachers and Thompsons Solicitors, commended him as “superb” to her professional association after the conclusion of the hearing, provided the following feedback this week:
Jonathan’s work ethic and commitment to my case provided me with great reassurance during a very stressful time in my life. His communication throughout was exemplary on every level and he was consistently available via email or telephone. I do not believe that I would have been successful in avoiding prohibition without his support.
Jonathan has qualities that place him in a league of his own. He is driven by a strong sense of fierce resolve. The brilliant combination of his honesty, wisdom, passion and humility enabled a trusting partnership to evolve. Our collaborative approach meant that we were able to reach a range of extremely positive outcomes.
I am extremely grateful to Jonathan for his professional manner and diligent approach. I think it would be neglectful of me to fail to mention that, at a time when one could be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed and apprehensive,
Jonathan is a specialist practitioner in the field of professional regulation and works regularly with teachers, nurses, doctors, and other professionals facing disciplinary proceedings at all stages from initial referral to appeal. His approach combines persuasive advocacy with highly personalised and compassionate advice and expert support throughout the life of a case. For further information please contact Matt Fleming, Practice Manager.