Falling For A Student

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Anita Anand explores the taboo topic of teachers having relationships with their students. It should never happen but it does but the law is clear: teachers are in loco parentis and as such cannot have a relationship with a student under the age of 18. Not only is it a criminal offence, it is a fully recognised abuse of the position of trust that the teacher is in - it applies even if the pupil is over the age of consent and the relationship is consensual.

In this documentary Anita hears the views of teachers and head teachers on what happens when a relationship crosses the line to become "inappropriate". She asks what support, if any, is offered to individuals who find themselves involved with those they teach. And have modern teaching methods and a more informal approach made it harder to define the line which should not be crossed by students or teachers?

Producers: James Cook, Kirsten Lass, Lucy Lunt.

Anita Anand explores the taboo topic of teachers having relationships with their students. It should never happen but it does and everyone knows someone for whom 'Notes on a Scandal' was a reality. But the law is clear; teachers are in loco parentis and as such cannot have a relationship with a student under the age of 18. Not only is it a criminal offence, it is a fully recognised abuse of power and trust. Anita talks to teachers and students who have found themselves in these illicit relationships and the headteachers who try to prevent them from ever happening. She asks why we cannot acknowledge what can happen, and frequently does happen, in the classroom and whether support should be given to teachers who feel themselves attracted to those they teach - particularly when their students are mature 16, 17 and 18 year olds whom they could legitimately have a relationship with in any other environment.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.