July 16, 2008

Reprimand for Teacher Who Took Pupils to Supermarket

A TEACHER who took two pupils from a special needs school to a supermarket instead of taking them to an inclusion lesson at a mainstream school has been disciplined by the General Teaching Council.

Pauline Zelaieta, 51, attempted to falsify the visitors' book at a school in Sheffield to make it appear that the pupils had attended their lessons, a hearing was told yesterday.

The teacher was employed as an inclusion co-ordinator at Norfolk Primary School, for pupils with special educational needs in the city.

However, she was suspended and subsequently sacked after it was revealed that she had twice failed to take pupils to lessons and then attempted to cover her tracks.

A GTC hearing, held in Birmingham yesterday, heard that on November 6, 2006, she failed to take two pupils to a music lesson at Norfolk Park School and instead sat with them in the car park.

Four days later she failed to take two other pupils to an inclusion lesson at Arbourthorne Primary School and instead took them to a nearby Asda supermarket.

The GTC committee imposed a reprimand on Ms Zelaieta, who they said had expressed "genuine regret". It will stay on her record for two years.

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