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Teacher who ran porn website suspended

An IT teacher who ran and promoted a pornographic website while working at a church school was suspended for six months yesterday by the profession's standards watchdog.

Andrew Miles, who resigned from his post at Northampton's Unity College in July 2007, did not attend the General Teaching Council misconduct hearing at which he admitted unacceptable professional conduct.

The hearing in Birmingham was told that Mr Miles had accepted by letter that he had brought his profession into disrepute by running and promoting the explicit website. GTC presenting officer Andrew Faux told a three-strong disciplinary panel that Mr Miles began working as a supply teacher at Unity College, a Church of England secondary school, in October 2005.

Seven months after Mr Miles was appointed as a full-time staff member in September 2006 a report concerning the website appeared in a national newspaper and he was suspended pending an inquiry.

Committee chair Elizabeth Purnell said: “Such conduct is incompatible with the behaviour which is expected of registered teachers.”

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