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Brit teacher sacked for watching porn 74 times while teaching class remotely

A teacher has been sacked and banned from the profession after watching porn while teaching a class remotely.

David Chidlow, 59, looked at profiles of women on an unauthorised site 74 times during school hours while teaching students from Maidstone Grammar School in Kent.

The business studies and economics teacher, who worked with both GCSE and A-level students, had been at the school since September 2018.

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Chidlow admitted during a misconduct hearing with the Teaching Regulation Agency to switching between the live lesson on Microsoft Teams and the dodgy site.

An initial investigation by the school prompted a formal disciplinary hearing in May 2021.

The panel was told in February 2021 the words "I take my life" were flagged from a staff member's work device on the school's monitoring software.

This remote monitoring was undertaken without Chidlow's knowledge.

The subsequent investigation revealed Chidlow had accessed a porn website on his school laptop in February and March 2021.

He was also recorded deleting the record of the adult site from his internet browsing history.

In a recent hearing, Chidlow admitted he sought pornographic images and was communicating via email with women on the site for sexual gratification.

The panel said it did not believe he "expressed remorse" over his wrongdoing, despite the fact he had "demonstrated some insight into his actions".

Last week the panel found him guilty of unacceptable professional misconduct and ruled he be dismissed.

It also recommended he be banned from teaching.

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Sarah Buxcey, who made a decision regarding the matter on behalf of the Education Secretary, said: "In my view, it is necessary to impose a prohibition order to maintain public confidence in the profession. I am particularly mindful of the finding of dishonesty in this case and the impact that such a finding has on the reputation of the profession.

"I have gone on to consider the matter of a review period. In this case, the panel has recommended that no provision should be made for a review period.

"Furthermore, in view of the seriousness of the allegations found proved against him, I have decided that Mr Chidlow shall not be entitled to apply for restoration of his eligibility to teach."

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