Teacher struck off following “inappropriate contact” with pupils

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A TEACHER has agreed to be struck off after sending social media messages to an S4 pupil.

Scott Davidson was working at Inverkeithing High School, Fife, at the time the message was sent in February 2015.

He also had “inappropriate contact” both in and outside the classroom with pupils while working at Lochgelly High School, Fife, in 2016.

He admitted all charges against him, waiving his right to a hearing, and a removal with consent order was issued.

The admitted charges state that the chemistry teacher communicated and engaged in conversations of a personal nature with an S4 pupil over social media and during those conversations he provided his personal email address to the pupil.

Then, when still employed by Fife Council at Lochgelly High School and subject of a final written warning, had inappropriate contact and communication with pupils in his classroom and outwith class times.

The University of Edinburgh graduate also failed to adhere to a management instruction to not have any involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh award.

As a result it was ruled by the GTCS that his fitness to teach is impaired.

Mr Davidson has a high rating of 4.94 out of five on the teacher rating website ratemyteacher.com.

There are several favourable comments with some speaking of a good relationship with him.

One said: “Amazing. He has given me so much more confidence and always helps me when I need it.

“He always makes me laugh and he is a brilliant teacher. I say teacher but he is more like one of the class.

Another reads: “This man is amazing, he makes chemistry so much fun and easy. One of the best teachers in this school.”

Other comments refer to him as a “legend” or “god”.

Fife Council declined to comment.

Mr Davidson lists himself on his LinkedIn profile as stage manager at Forefront Stage School, Alloa, where he has volunteered for 16 years.

A spokeswoman for Forefront declined to comment except to say that he had worked with them through an outside company.

 
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