Whistleblower spied upon for raising alarm about child safety

A teacher wrongly spied on by her employers amid an escalating row over pupil safety has said she would have no qualms about being a whistleblower again – despite being reprimanded by a watchdog.

Kim Davies, who has taught English for the past 28 years, faced the prospect of being hit with a classroom ban following allegations of misconduct.

A General Teaching Council For Wales (GTCW) hearing in Cardiff was told Mrs Davies became a thorn in the side of education officials after lodging more than 20 complaints about a colleague and nine to an exam board.

The 56-year-old was later followed by a team of private investigators after her dispute with bosses saw her signed off by a doctor on grounds of stress.

Caerphilly County Council took the drastic action after suspecting the mother-of-two was defrauding the sickness absence system – but the Information Commissioner’s Office later ruled the local authority was wrong to begin the surveillance.

However, she was still hauled before the GTCW – who found she had broken confidentiality rules about her disciplinary procedure as well as making ‘vexatious’ complaints.

Among the penalties available to the body included striking Mrs Davies’ name from the teaching register – a move she said would have not only cost her job but also her home.

A panel decided against the more severe sanctions – and said she can carry on teaching provided she promises not to cause problems again.

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