Council ‘pleased’ at action against bullying teacher

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A COUNCIL has said it is ‘pleased’ action was taken in a case of a teacher found to have bullied a bulimic colleague who later died at school.

Moira Ogilvie, former acting deputy headteacher at Rotherham’s High Greave Junior School, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and sanctioned by the General Teaching Council this week.

The committee found she had ‘bullied, intimidated, undermined and victimised’ Britt Pilton, who collapsed and died at the school, aged 29, in February 2009.

Her inquest ruled her stress and bulimia had been worsened by issues at work.

A Rotherham Council spokesman said: “Following a hearing in November 2009, this case has been resolved and the teacher dismissed.

“We take all allegations seriously and, in this instance, carried out a thorough investigation of the allegations.

“We are pleased the GTC has taken action. We support its work and always refer such matters to it as we expect the highest of professional standards from our teachers.”

Ms Ogilvie cannot take a job with line management responsiblity for three years and must complete a mentoring or management course.