A teacher who worked as a ski rep in Austria while signed off sick has been given the lowest possible form of sanction by his profession's standards watchdog.
A disciplinary panel of the General Teaching Council decided to formally reprimand Donald Wilmott after hearing how he also marked 345 GCSE scripts for an exam board while absent from work due to "stress, poor sleep, tiredness and depression".
The hearing in Birmingham was told that Wilmott resigned from the 800-pupil Lakers Secondary School near Coleford, Gloucestershire, in August 2003, after the headteacher discovered that he had been working without her permission.
The three-strong panel was told that Wilmott, who did not attend the hearing, spent nine days in the resort of St Johann looking after children from another school during the Easter holiday in April 2003.
GTC presenting officer Helen Smith said there was no dispute that Wilmott's health problems were genuine and she also pointed out that the work had been undertaken almost entirely in the teacher's own time.
In a written submission, Wilmott stressed that his misconduct was not deliberate and that he had acted out of ignorance.
Ms Smith said: "He thought the skiing trip would help him to relax and that it would have been unprofessional not to fulfil his obligation to the exam board."
Lakers' headteacher, Alison Elliott, told the panel that Wilmott had been teaching at the school since 1985.
Ms Elliott said it had been brought to her attention in May 2003 that Wilmott had been working for a company called Travel Class while absent due to ill health.
She later found that Wilmott - whose sick notes stipulated that he refrain from work - had been employed by the AQA exam board from May 22 to June 16, 2003.
"It was wholly unacceptable for Mr Wilmott to undertake additional work," she said.
Finding Wilmott guilty of professional misconduct, GTC panel chair Judy Moorhouse said: "Mr Wilmott's actions amount to a failure to meet the high standards or integrity and propriety expected of a registered teacher.
"We are satisfied this was an isolated incident and that Mr Wilmott is unlikely to repeat the behaviour."