Child abuse image teacher won't return to teaching

A West Yorkshire teacher caught downloading child abuse images "will not be teaching in the future", Michael Gove has said after being challenged on the case by MPs.

The Education Secretary said procedures had been tightened up following the case of Geoffrey Bettley, 36,

who was suspended from St Mary's Catholic School in Menston in December 2010 after police found nearly 200 child abuse images on his computer.

He accepted the police caution and was dismissed by the school following a disciplinary hearing in December 2011.

But a professional conduct panel ruled that he should be allowed to return to teaching after concluding he "does not represent a risk to children and young people".

Mr Gove was asked to explain the decision by Tory Philip Davies, MP for Shipley, in the Commons.

It's a very serious issue... it is the case Mr Bettley is not teaching at the moment and will not be teaching in the future. It is also the case that the process we arrived at for ensuring the National College of Teaching and Leadership reviewed cases was not as good as it should have been, to put it mildly. I don't put the blame at anyone else's door other than my own."

– Michael Gove, Education Secretary