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Teacher who lied about employment history is banned from teaching

Teacher provided false information about his career history and provided a falsified degree certificate

Published on 21st February 2018

A teacher has been banned from teaching after he lied about his previous employment and submitted a falsified degree certificate.

Simon Dodd admitted that he knowingly withheld information about his previous employment and provided false information about his previous employment. He also submitted a falsified degree certificate.

Simon Dodd started working as the Director of Creative Enterprises at the Francis Holland School in London on 1 January 2017.

In March 2017, through a chance conversation between the head teacher of Francis Holland and an ex-colleague of Mr Dodd, it came to light that he had omitted a previous period of employment from his CV.

Further investigation revealed that as well as this omission he falsely stated that he had been employed elsewhere at that time. He had also said in his CV that he had a 2:1 degree when his result was a 2:2 and he supported this claim with a falsified degree certificate.

“In relation to the issue of dishonesty, he withheld that he had been previously employed at Ibstock Place School, provided false information as to his employment history and included false information as to the level of degree he had obtained, along with submitting a falsified degree certificate,” said the Panel.

“He carried out these acts knowingly and deliberately with the intention of deceiving Francis Holland School, for the purpose of having a better prospect of obtaining a senior position there and for financial betterment,” it added.

The deception spanned eight months and was only discovered by chance. He failed to disclose the truth despite having every opportunity to do so. His conduct involved “deliberate and premeditated acts and omissions,” the Panel noted.

The panel accepted that Mr Dodd is clearly a talented and dedicated teacher both inside the classroom and in terms of extra-curricular activities, no children were harmed by his actions and he is of previous good character.

However, the findings of misconduct are serious and the conduct displayed would likely have a negative impact on the individual’s status as a teacher, potentially damaging the public perception.

The Panel recommended that he should be issued with a prohibition order with no review period, which decision-maker on behalf of the secretary of state Dawn Dandy agreed.

 

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