Female art teacher, 41, is struck off after letting 15-year-old girls pose TOPLESS and other pupils simulate masturbation and hold alcohol bottles and cigarettes for photo project
- Art teacher Emma Wright, 41, allowed pupils as young as 15 pose topless in class
- Mrs Wright introduced pupils to a new artist, who created ‘suggestive pictures’
- She then youngsters take ‘inappropriate’ photos at her Northamptonshire school
- Mrs Wright was sacked and has now been banned from teaching indefinitely
An art teacher has been sacked after letting pupils as young as 15 pose topless, make offensive gestures in uniform, smoke and pose in swimwear during a ‘highly inappropriate’ class.
Emma Wright, 41, has been banned from teaching indefinitely after allowing students younger than 16 at a school in Northamptonshire to take partially naked photos of themselves and others for a school art project.
The Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) ruled that the class had broken safeguarding rules and ordered Mrs Wright to be struck off.
Art teacher Emma Wright has been struck off by the Teaching Regulation Agency after allowing pupils to pose topless in a piece of artwork
Mrs Wright, an experienced teacher of good character, told the panel that she introduced the pupils to a new artist who created ‘suggestive pictures’
She was reported to the TRA in 2018 after the portfolio of teenagers’ work was found by the school’s head of art and design.
Mrs Wright, an experienced teacher of good character, told the panel that she introduced the pupils to a new artist who created ‘suggestive pictures’. However, she insisted she told the students this did not mean they should create similar work.
She said that she did not consider the artist’s work to be sexual in nature, but she did accept that, with hindsight, she should have told the pupils their photographs were not appropriate.
The report stated: ‘Mrs Wright informed the panel that she had told the pupils that she did not expect them to be naked, but to use their arm, face, or something. During her evidence, Mrs Wright stated that art is a process.
‘On balance, the panel determined that Mrs Wright would have seen the photographs that had been produced by the pupils before the final artwork had been produced.’
Decision-maker Alan Meyrick concluded that Mrs Wright had committed a serious breach of professional teaching standards, and failed to safeguard pupils’ well-being.
Decision-maker Alan Meyrick concluded that Mrs Wright had committed a serious breach of professional teaching standards, and failed to safeguard pupils’ well-being
He said: ‘Whilst the panel was satisfied that there was a low risk of repetition, it did not find that Mrs Wright had fully reflected on the safeguarding implications of allowing pupils to take photographs of themselves or others in a state of undress.
‘The risk of harm, due to the lack of safeguarding pupils, was a significant factor in forming that opinion.
‘In my view, it is necessary to impose a prohibition order in order to maintain public confidence in the profession.’
The panel also heard that Mrs Wright was ordered by the school not to discuss her suspension but later informed a colleague, whom she had earlier confided in.
The report added: ‘The panel was mindful that Mrs Wright had discussed the suspension with two individuals on separate occasions, and that this risked the confidentiality of the school’s investigation, as well as the reputation of the school.’
Mrs Wright has been banned from teaching indefinitely in England and cannot apply for a review of the ban until 2024.