The government intends to re-introduce the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill in the next Session of Parliament. The...
The government intends to re-introduce the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill in the next Session of Parliament. The NAHT is opposed to government plans to make consensual sexual relationships between teachers and 16/17 year old students a criminal offence.
The Bill does not affect students who are 18 years or older. Students who are under 16 are already protected by the criminal law.
David Hart, general secretary NAHT comments: 'Headteachers already treat sexual relationships between teachers and their students as a serious disciplinary offence, often leading to dismissal and a ruined career. The NAHT cannot, however, support the government's wish to
make such an abuse of trust a criminal offence.
'Consensual sexual activitity, even within a relationship of trust, should be the subject of firm disciplinary action, but it should not be criminalised. Teachers will be placed in double jeopardy for behaviour which may well be extremely stupid, but certainly not criminal.'