Four North East school teachers have been named in new Government data as being banned from teaching.

The data, published by the Teaching Regulation Agency, informs the public of teachers who have been banned from the classroom and why.

Determined by a professional conduct panel, each case laid out individual findings and decisions that ultimately led to their ban.

Data from the region showed four teachers are now banned from teaching after allegations were found to be true.

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  1. Richard Swinnerton, Middlesbrough

Mr Swinnerton, 34, who previously worked at St Clare’s Primary School, was banned from teaching on February 28.

This follows the former educator’s conviction at Teesside Magistrates Court in September 2020 for possession of an indecent photograph of a child.

The panel decided on a prohibition order for Mr Swinnerton, following the “particularly serious” findings.

  1. Christopher Green, Durham

Mr Green, 33, taught at Seascape Primary School in Durham before receiving a prohibition order from the Teaching Regulation Agency on March 2.

The panel were presented with allegations that the teacher “held the wrist” of three separate pupils on different occasions in 2018.

Based on this evidence, Mr Green was handed a prohibition order and is banned from teaching.

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  1. David McCafferty, Gateshead

Mr McCafferty, formerly of Hill Top School in Gateshead, was given a prohibition order on February 8.

The forty-three-year-old faced the panel for a battery charge he was convicted for in September 2019 and ordered to pay costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £85.

Following his prohibition, he will never teach again.

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  1. Robert Johnson, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Mr Johnson’s former employer was private school Dame Allan’s Primary School.

The forty-three-year-old was handed a prohibition order on January 25 following a conviction at North Northumbria Magistrates Court for five counts of making indecent photographs of children in November 2021.

He was then sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court and handed twelve months imprisonment, forty days of rehabilitation, unpaid work of 200 hours and registered for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for ten years.