Ban for teacher who viewed porn sites between classes

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A South Yorkshire teacher has been banned from the profession for three years after looking at thousands of porn-ographic web pages while at school.

Stephen Dibble, who taught at Darfield Foulstone School in Barnsley, admitted charges of unacceptable professional conduct at a General Teaching Council hearing.

The hearing was told Mr Dibble visited more than 10,000 adult and sexually explicit pages over three months – before and after school, during lunchtimes, breaks, planning time and even between lessons.

Panel chair Kathy Thomson told Mr Dibble he had a ‘deep-seated and ongoing problem’ and it was lucky children hadn’t seen the websites.

Mr Dibble started work at the secondary school in 2002 and regularly visited the sites between November 2008 and January 2009.

Ms Thomson said she was not convinced he had shown genuine remorse or insight.

The school’s child protection officer said there was evidence of quick views between lessons.

His headteacher at Darfield advised the panel that Mr Dibble should not be employed in a school environment.

Ms Thomson said: “Mr Dibble’s behaviour in using school computer equipment to access inappropriate material during the working day on numerous occasions fell below the standards expected of a member of the profession because he failed to put the well-being of children and young people first.

“He also failed to maintain reasonable standards in his own behaviour to enable him to maintain an effective learning environment and to uphold public trust and confidence in the profession.

“We considered whether to impose a suspension order. We did not regard this to be appropriate because of the extent of Mr Dibble’s access to pornographic sites with more than 10,000 page impressions in less than three months. This demonstrates to us the existence of a deep-seated and ongoing problem.”

Mr Dibble did not provide any references or testimonials.