Gravesend teacher banned for life for engaging in sexual relationship with former pupil
PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 October 2018
A Gravesend teacher has been banned from teaching for life after engaging in a sexual relationship with a former pupil.
Norman Dean, 50, taught science at Thamesview High School and began exchanging messages with a student when she left the school during the summer of 2016.
He met with the youngster, known as ‘Pupil A’, engaged in sexual activity with her and referred to her as “wife” on several occasions, according to a report from the Teaching Regulation Agency.
At a disciplinary hearing, a misconduct panel found that the relationship was inappropriate in as far as it took place “in close proximity to the period when a pupil-teacher relationship existed”.
The panel found Dean guilty of unacceptable professional conduct upon hearing how he had engaged in messages with the pupil, including Skype calls throughout late 2016/early 2017, where the two had referred to each other as “hubby” and “wife”.
The panel also heard evidence that Pupil A had been inside Dean’s flat on at least one occasion, which Dean admitted.
He also admitted to kissing the student, which the panel considered to be of a sexual nature.
The panel were satisfied that Dean sought to engage with Pupil A and initiate a personal and close social relationship, “illustrated by the frequency and nature of contact.”
Decision maker Alan Meyrick told the panel: “Mr Norman Dean is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.
“Furthermore, in view of the seriousness of the allegations found proved against him, I have decided that Mr Norman Dean shall not be entitled to
apply for restoration of his eligibility to teach.”
A spokesman for Thamesview High School said: “Mr Dean was subject to all the normal safeguarding checks before his employment, including the enhanced Disclosure Barring Service.
“No evidence was presented of any inappropriate contact between Mr Dean and the pupil while she was at the school and we had no concerns about his conduct at that time.
“If we had become aware of the relationship at that time, we would have reported it to the Teaching Regulation Agency for it to investigate and take any necessary disciplinary action.”