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BANNED TEACHER REGISTERS TO CLOSE

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Estelle Morris, the schools minister, announced yesterday that she would be instructing local authorities to close ...
Estelle Morris, the schools minister, announced yesterday that she would be instructing local authorities to close unofficial blacklists of teachers suspected of child abuse.

The Independent (p10) reports that the move follows revelations on a BBC2 programme which found that up to 1,000 teachers appeared on the unofficial lists compiled by 39 councils.

Teachers leaders have backed List 99 - the official list - but attacked the unofficial lists, saying it could lead to innocent staff being victimised. Olwyn Gunn, of the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers, said: 'This is almost a vigilante approach. Unofficial lists fly in the face of justice.'
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