False allegations on conference timetable

School exclusions have increased            Picture posed by models
School exclusions have increased Picture posed by models
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Teachers from across Lancashire are spending part of their Easter break discussing issues relating to false accusations by pupils on staff.

The topic is high on the agenda for the Association Teachers and Lecturers’ annual conference in Liverpool this week.

Two motions are on the timetable following a survey which revealed over a third of school and college staff said someone in their school or college has had a false allegation made against them by a pupil, Over a fifth said a false allegation had been made by a pupils’ parent or family member.

A Lancashire ATL spokesman said: “These motions are about how long it can take for investigations into allegations to take and the impact of being left hanging with their careers in the balance, and on the justice of support staff having the same right to anonymity until charged that teachers get if a false allegation has been made against them.”