A primary school teacher who bullied pupils so badly that some showed signs of psychological abuse has been found guilty of professional misconduct.
The General Teaching Council for Wales in Cardiff heard Joanna Hyde’s teaching style was “dominated by negativity”.
Ms Hyde, 27, was a Year 5 teacher at the Welsh medium Ysgol y Berllan Deg in Llanedeyrn, Cardiff.
She was suspended for one year and must train in positive behaviour management before being allowed to re-register.
The panel heard she threw a book at one pupil, and called another a “wimp”.
One pupil was so intimidated he asked his mother to dye his red hair brown so he would be less noticeable to Ms Hyde, the hearing was told.
It heard that Ms Hyde also persisted in getting pupils to fill in a behaviour chart in the classroom despite it being against school policy, the panel heard.
She clearly had favourite pupils and the rest of the class was not given an opportunity to ask questions.
Ms Hyde did not attend the hearing and was not represented, but she admitted in writing her behaviour amounted to unacceptable professional conduct.
The panel found that she refused to comply with reasonable instruction and showed conduct incompatible with the ethos of the school in relation to not removing the behaviour chart. Full story.