Police probe 'inappropriate behaviour' at school

time:2023-06-02 16:38:28source:BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation) author:Press center7

Police are investigating a report of allegations of what they have called "non-recent" inappropriate behaviour at a County Fermanagh school.

Erne Integrated College has more than 350 pupils and about 75 staff.

An inspection carried out by the Education and Training Inspectorate in March found that the school's arrangements for safeguarding were "unsatisfactory".

The inspection identified areas which must be improved urgently.

They included giving staff relevant training in relation to child protection and safeguarding.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said it had "received a report of allegations of non-recent inappropriate behaviour".

"An investigation has been launched and we are making enquiries to establish the circumstances," said the police.

"We will continue to work with our partners to protect and safeguard children.

"There are no further details at this time."

It emerged on Wednesday that nine out of 11 governors on the school's board had resigned.

The school's principal said the resignations were a temporary situation and that he and other senior leaders would continue to manage the school.

The school would continue to function as normal, he added.

The NASUWT union represents a large number of teachers at the school and national official Justin McCamphill has described the resignations as a "very unusual" situation.

"The NASUWT is calling on the Department of Education to ensure that adequate governance arrangements are put in place to ensure the proper running of the school," said Mr McCamphill.

A spokesperson for the Department Of Education said: "The board of governors of a grant maintained integrated school is the managing authority.

"The department is liaising with the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) and the school to clarify the current position and appropriate options for maintaining effective governance going forward.

"The principal and senior leadership team continue to manage the normal day-to-day functioning of the school and NICIE is currently offering support and guidance."

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