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Put a sock in it! Teacher is banned for gagging boy

Socked: Where Myers worked PICTURE: SWNS

A TEACHER accused of taking his sock off and putting it in a pupil’s mouth to stop him talking has been banned from the classroom.

Martin Myers also ‘encouraged’ students to write letters of support and ‘vote’ for him to stay in the job, a disciplinary panel heard.

And he ‘whispered’ the answers to SATs exams and altered papers by ‘scribbling’ solutions in the margins to ‘inflate’ results. Myers, who taught 11-year-olds at Ecton Village primary school in Northampton, denied any wrongdoing.

He claimed he had told a disruptive pupil to ‘put a sock in it’ before throwing it towards the boy. But a National College of Teaching and Leadership panel preferred accounts given by two of the pupils.

Amid suspicions Myers helped pupils in exams, the class were tested again and their marks were ‘considerably lower’, the panel heard.

Myers, 47, who had worked at the school since 2010, was banned from teaching indefinitely.

Dawn Dandy, who headed the panel, said his ‘unacceptable conduct’ risked ‘weakening public confidence in the profession’.