Teacher banned from classroom after ‘slurring’ through book reading


Teacher banned from classroom after

Day – not pictured – has been banned from the classroom (Picture: Getty)

A supply teacher has been banned from the classroom after ‘slurring’ her way through a book reading. 

Hannah Day, 27, stumbled into the classroom smelling of booze on her first day at Our Lady and St Philomena’s Catholic Primary School in Sparrow Hall Road, Liverpool.

Day stood ‘swaying’ in front of pupils during her first lesson of the day on October 22 2014.

She then stared at her phone for ten minutes while ‘noisy’ kids grew bored and got out of their seats.

A ‘confused’ Day left the class unattended as she ‘lost control’ of the situation and sought help while some of the pupils left the classroom and began spraying water at each other from a container in the corridor.

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At one point a schoolgirl cut herself with a pair of scissors and Day – who had been recruited by Capita Education Resourcing – told her to soak it with a cold paper towel.

Day admitted smelling of alcohol, struggling to read a story to the class, failing to control noise levels, and creating a situation that could put children at risk.

A National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) panel found she was under the influence of alcohol, used her mobile phone while in charge of pupils, and had left the classroom at the time of the water fight.

Panel chairman Tony Woodward said: ‘The issue of primary importance in this case was the fact that Ms Day had failed to have appropriate control of and engagement with her classes.

‘This had the potential to put pupils’ wellbeing at risk and was a major safeguarding issue.

‘The panel also felt that it was the teacher’s responsibility to assess whether they are fit for work, and Ms Day should have declined the offer of work at the school, when she was or ought to have been aware that she was not fit to work with children.

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‘In addition, Ms Day had struggled to read a story to the class and spent some considerable time using her mobile phone.

‘This was clearly detrimental to the pupils’ learning and such behaviour fell significantly short of the standards expected of a teacher.’

Day had also admitted failing to take appropriate action after the schoolgirl cut herself with a pair of scissors, but the panel found that as it was a minor cut without blood, the steps she took were appropriate.

Mr Woodward said: ‘There was sufficient evidence that Ms Day did take some action in response to the cut finger, and in circumstances where there was a minor cut with no blood, it was entirely appropriate to ask the pupil to soak it in a cold paper towel.

‘In the circumstances, the panel felt that, despite Ms Day’s admission, she had acted appropriately at the time, and the panel was therefore unable to find this allegation proven on the balance of probabilities.’

Day, who was not present for the two-day hearing, was given a prohibition order on February 15 barring her from teaching in England.