Cambs teacher given second chance after launching a kick at a student

A Cambridgeshire teacher has been given a second chance after launching a kick at a pupil, after he found them chewing gum.

Mark Jarvis, 54, formally a teacher at Wisbech Grammar School was convicted in February 2019 for battery of one of his pupils.

At a professional conduct panel meeting held by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) the details of the incident were revealed.

Mr Jarvis, a DT teacher and hockey coach, and former RAF engineer, had gone into his classroom to take afternoon registration of his form group on June 20, 2018.

He spotted one student chewing gum and had asked the student to put the gum into his hand.

Mr Jarvis then told the student to raise his hands up and then proceeded to “launch a kick towards the pupil”.

His foot made contact with the student in his “thigh/groin area” according to the TRA report.

Students who were in the room at the time said Mr Jarvis had been smiling and “not aggressive” when the incident took place.

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Mr Jarvis was subsequently suspended from the school the next day.

He had resigned prior to this incident for reasons unrelated to this matter and his employment ceased at the end of August 2018, by expiry of his resignation notice period, having been at the school for six years.

He appeared at Cambridgeshire Magistrates’ on February 21, 2019, where he was convicted of the offence of battery.

He was sentenced to pay a fine of £616, costs of £135, compensation to the pupil of £150 and a victim surcharge of £61.

Mr Jarvis explained that he had been convicted of the incident at the teaching panel, who found him in breach of Teachers’ Standards.

The panel also found Mr Jarvis’s teaching proficiency to be positive, and noted he had been going through some difficulty at the time.

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The panel said that “the offence related to actions that were reckless rather than intentional” and that witnesses referred to the incident as being “a bit jokey”, “not serious or aggressive” and that when Mr Jarvis spoke with the pupil he was “smiling and laughing, not aggressive”.

The panel also said that Mr Jarvis had “expressed remorse for his actions and recognised that he made a serious error of judgement”.

He has also undertaken a number of courses in behaviour management, safeguarding and child protection since his conviction.

After consideration from the panel the decision was reached to not prevent Mr Jarvis from returning to teaching.

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