A teacher has cleared her name after becoming the first person to win a High Court appeal against the General Teaching Council.
Patricia Davies, who was assistant head of science at Willingsworth High School, in Tipton, was reprimanded last year after she was accused of telling students a presentation by the National Blood Service was “boring”.
Colleagues also accused her of ignoring a child who was lying on the floor crying and holding her leg.
She has been unable to work for three years while waiting to fight her case in the High Court.
Earlier this year a judge ordered the case to be heard again, following the original GTC ruling, and she has now been found not guilty of charges of breaching professional standards.
Miss Davies accused the GTC of using “shaky” evidence, and plans to make a complaint against it.
“I’m pleased to have won my case,” she said. “I’ve not been able to work since 2007 and I have no money, so my ultimate goal is to return to teaching. This has been a horrific process.
“I’ve had to use my savings, I’ve been suffering from stress and depression and I’ve had to put off scheduled operations so I can be at hearings.
She added: “I was upset at the stain on my record after being given a reprimand, with the case being based on errors. It has taken so long to clear my name, but if I hadn’t won there would be no question that I would go through this again.
“The evidence presented to the GTC was conflicting and some statements were unsigned; there were material errors of fact. I feel let down by the GTC.”
Miss Davies, who is also fighting a separate case for unfair dismissal against the school, said she had asked questions during a National Blood Service presentation to make it “more interesting”. She also said she had not ignored the injured child.
The GTC panel said a year ago that her behaviour had fallen short of that expected of a teacher and she failed “to observe basic standards of professional courtesy”.
They also described her behaviour as “totally unacceptable”.
But the GTC panel made a U-turn last week and said she had not breached any standards.
In February Miss Davies was cleared of saying the Blood Service talk was boring. The panel only heard complaints about her not treating the injured girl. A teacher had said Miss Davies was writing detention slips instead of attending to the pupil.
Miss Davies said she had helped the girl up and called first aiders.
At the new hearing, the GTC panel defended Miss Davies’ actions.
They said: “This was a single episode where children were misbehaving in a busy classroom and Miss Davies had a number of competing demands on her attention.
“These circumstances are bound to occur from time to time in a school. Although Miss Davies could have responded more effectively in the circumstances, the event taken on its own is not so serious as to justify a finding of unacceptable professional conduct.”
Miss Davies hopes to return to work at the school. An employment tribunal case will be heard in July.