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ANONYMITY BID FOR SEX SLUR TEACHERS

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Teachers accused of having sex with their pupils may be given the right to stay un-named if a private member's Bill...
Teachers accused of having sex with their pupils may be given the right to stay un-named if a private member's Bill is passed, reported the Sunday People (p34).

Crispin Blunt, Conservative MP for Reigate, will unveil the Bill in the commons this week after a young teacher in his constituency took his own life after allegations were made against him. 'An allegation can destroy a teacher's career, guilty or innocent', said Mr Blunt.

The Bill, designed to protect against playground gossip, would prevent teachers' names being released until they were convicted. It is being backed by the National Association of Head Teachers and the national Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers.
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