A headteacher has been suspended after a series of wanton acts: he brought himself a meal at the Savoy on the school credit card; he bought himself a piano under the school’s instrument purchasing scheme; and used school money to buy a member of staff’s leaving present.
But his worst indiscretion – and the main focus of his grilling – was that he failed to get a CRB check done on a classroom assistant, who had been in the post for ‘who had been in post for several months at least’.
What a crime! Here we see how the failure to CRB is seen as the most wanton and reckless act, more serious than conscious pilfering of school funds. To allow unregulated contact between adults and children is the most negligent thing one can do.