Former teacher in discipline shame

Incident: Dawson hit a pupil at Bolton-le-Sands school
Incident: Dawson hit a pupil at Bolton-le-Sands school
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A former senior teacher who lied about his controversial past at a Lancashire school to obtain a job in another county has been struck off by the Government.

David Dawson’s failure to declare his position as deputy headteacher of Bolton-le-Sands Primary School in Carnforth, near Lancaster, on his cv meant he was able to obtain a teaching job in Hertfordshire - despite having been caught with photographs of boys in their swimwear, and smacking a pupil on the bottom.

Dawson was second-in-charge at the Bolton-le-Sands Church of England school between 1992 and 1996.

He smacked a pupil at the Lancashire school in June 1993 but kept his job.

However Dawson left the school when he was informed by the headteacher about a police investigation in 1996 relating to photographs of children in swimwear.

In June 1998 Dawson was spotted at a biathlon event taking numerous photographs of children in and around the pool and was investigated by police but no charges were brought.

Between September 2002 and December 2004 Dawson obtained a job at Egerton Rothesay School in Hertfordshire but during his time there he hit another pupil.

He went on to apply for another job excluding his employment at both schools from his cv.

In March 2008 Mr Dawson was convicted of two counts obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception between September 2, 2002 and September 1, 2004 and again in 2005, relating to doctoring his cv.

He was sentenced to imprisonment for four months, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay £872 in costs.

The same year he was arrested for taking pictures on a beach in Bournemouth but again none of the pictures were deemed inappropriate enough to bring charges.

Although Dawson has never been convicted over taking or possessing photographs, a Teaching Agency disciplinary panel – part of the Department for Education – found him guilty of “unacceptable professional conduct” and banned him indefinitely.

But the 66-year-has already retired.

A recent hearing was told although Dawson was officially retired, there was evidence he was considering going back into teaching. That will now be blocked.

A document concluded: “Mr Dawson has presented a series of episodes of unacceptable behaviour and misconduct, including relevant criminal convictions over a number of years. The panel concluded that this pattern of behaviour was itself evidence of a deep-seated attitudinal problem.”

He has until October 24 to appeal.