Charges urged against false-claim pupils

A union says pupils who make malicious allegations against teachers should face criminal charges. The NASUWT says false claims are still an issue which blight the lives and careers of accused teachers.

Department for Education research shows nearly half of allegations made against teachers are malicious Credit: .

Phil Dunn, physics teacher: "Malicious allegations eat away at the fabric of our professional standards... Many teachers are unwilling to return to teaching following such allegations. Strong clear legislation would make the consequences of such allegations plain and clear to pupils and families."