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UK’s Largest Teachers’ Union Lobbies to Legalise Sex with Students

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,General,Law & Courts — Julie @ 7:57 pm Fri 10th October 2008

LONDON, October 9, 2008 ( – The largest UK teachers’ union wants the government to decriminalise sex with students who are over the legal age of consent. Chris Keates, the general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT), said that teachers who have sex with pupils over the age of consent should not be placed on the sex offenders register. Keates called prosecution for statutory rape “a real anomaly in the law that we are concerned about.”

NASUWT complained that media reports had misrepresented their position. “To describe the NASUWT’s comments on this as ‘teachers want the right to bed pupils’ as one report has done, simply for pointing out an anomaly which criminalises a teacher but would leave any other adult free from prosecution for the same type of relationship, is a travesty.”

Gregory Carlin, however, a child protection activist and head of the Irish Anti-Trafficking Coalition, said that such ideas were another sign of the erosion of legal protections for young people against exploitation.

“If the NASUWT philosophy has its day,” he said, “exploiting a 16 year old in a brothel would carry no extra penalty.” Under the same logic, he said, “Jail guards would be able to take their pick from their charges and foster parents would be spared prosecution for having sex with foster children.”

In an official statement dated October 6th, Keates said, “From the time the Sexual Offences legislation was first drafted in 2001 the NASUWT consistently raised the significant anomaly within its provisions. A teacher having a consensual relationship with a pupil over the age of 16 on the roll of the school in which they teach is liable under the Act to prosecution and being placed on the sex offenders register.

“However, if the same teacher has a consensual relationship with a young person of the same age who attends another school they would not be prosecuted or classed as sex offenders.”

Carlin told that Keates “knows what she was asking for,” which is simply to “legalise sex crimes.”

List 99 is a secret register of men and women who are barred from working with children by the Department of Education and Skills. Carlin said, “Thousands of teachers are referred to List 99 each year, most of them from the NASUWT. In fact, the referrals doubled between 2003 and 2005.”


  1. OMG what could this lead to. At Universities there are already allegations of A for a Lay. And I believe evidenced by the ease some females obtain the BSW.

    Comment by Alastair — Fri 10th October 2008 @ 8:18 pm

  2. Dear Julie,

    Thankyou for exposing another debunked myth that “men are predominately the sexual predator”.

    National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT).
    List 99 is a secret register of men and women who are barred from working with children by the Department of Education and Skills. Carlin said, “Thousands of teachers are referred to List 99 each year, most of them from the NASUWT”.

    Kindest Regards
    Paul Catton
    East Auckland Refuge for Men and Families
    09 271 3020

    Comment by Paul Catton — Fri 10th October 2008 @ 8:28 pm

  3. Good question Alistair! Losing morals has an agenda.

    Family life in shatters – Spain

    MADRID, September 9, 2008 ( Spanish society has reached a new milestone: for every four marriages contracted, there are now three “ruptures” – most of them divorces.

    “Family rupture is growing at an alarming rate,” said Eduardo Hertfelder of the Family Policy Institute, which presented the information to the public.

    “Family rupture has now reached very worrisome levels at the national level with a rate of .69, that is, for every four marriages celebrated, three are broken.”

    The statistics have emerged in the wake of Spain’s “express divorce” law, which has facilitated the dissolution of marriages.

    Today, according to the statistics offered by the Family Policy Institute, Spain is only equaled by Belgium in its rate of family rupture.

    Spanish families are not only falling apart, they are also shrinking dramatically. As of 2006, families were having an average of 1.28 children per family, well below the replacement rate of 2.1.

    Spain holds 121 over child porn

    1 October 2008

    Spanish police says they have arrested 121 people in the country’s “biggest-ever operation against child pornography on the internet”.

    Millions of images that show child sex abuse were seized in a series of nationwide raids, which uncovered a network spanning 75 countries.

    Police say two of those held were using their own children to make pornography.

    A further 96 people have been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

    Foreign assistance

    The arrests, made over the past seven days, were part of a long-term operation which began in July last year with the help of Brazilian police.

    Those detained include bank clerks, porters and airline pilots, and some are foreigners resident in Spain.

    About 800 officers were involved in conducting 210 searches in 42 different provinces that “seized millions of archives of videos and photographs some of which show extremely harsh abuse of minors”, police said.

    In addition, 347 hard drives, 1,186 CDs and DVDs and 36 laptops were seized.

    Enrique Rodriguez, from the police’s Technological Investigation Brigade, told Spanish radio that the network was enormous, involving 18,000 IP addresses across the world, including 1,600 in Spain.

    The raids bring to 1,200 the number of people arrested for child pornography in Spain over the past five years.

    Comment by julie — Fri 10th October 2008 @ 8:42 pm

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