Special needs teacher, 52, trussed a six-year-old pupil to a chair with jumper sleeves for being naughty but claims she didn't break the rules
- Senior teacher Annette Henderson, 52, admits tying a six-year-old girl to a chair
- Child was a pupil at Maes Ebbw special needs school in Newport, Wales
- She denies unacceptable conduct but admits her behaviour wasn't 'right'
- Mrs Henderson is being questioned at a Fitness to Practice hearing in Cardiff
Experienced special needs teacher Annette Henderson, 52, pictured, tied a pupil to a chair with a jumper
A senior special needs teacher trussed a six-year-old girl to a chair using the sleeves of a jumper for being naughty, a disciplinary was told today.
Experienced schoolmistress Annette Henderson, 52, strapped a pupil to an adult chair allegedly with a double knot - before leaving her tied up alone in the classroom.
It was left to another teacher to free the girl by unloosening the sleeves from under the youngster's arm and across her waist.
Mrs Henderson has been summoned to a Fitness to Practice hearing by the Educational Workforce Council in Cardiff this week.
The panel was told the girl had special learning difficulties, was unable to talk and communicates only by pointing at pictures.
But the youngster - described as 'small for her age' and identified only as Pupil A - was tied to the chair after allegedly hitting another pupil at the special needs school she attended.
Mrs Henderson was reported to deputy headteacher Mark Evans and an investigation was launched at Maes Ebbw special needs school in Newport, Gwent.
Presenting officer Patrick Llewelyn said: 'Pupil A had hit another pupil and Mrs Henderson then led her to an adult chair and tied the arms of a hooded top around her waist in a double knot.
'She was later released by another teaching assistant.
'The young girl is a bright girl, small for her age, she is non verbal and communicates by selecting pictures and has some behavioural issues.
Mrs Henderson was reported to deputy headteacher Mark Evans and an investigation was launched at Maes Ebbw special needs school in Newport, Gwent (pictured above)
He said: 'She grabs the glasses from the faces of other pupils.
Teaching assistant Tom Green described Pupil A as 'challenging' and the incident happened after he saw she was about to attack another pupil.
Mr Green said: 'Mrs Henderson led the girl to a wheely chair and tied her under the arms in a double knot.'
It was left to another member of staff Susan Ainscough to untie the girl from the chair.
Mrs Henderson, who had been working at the 150 pupil school for 16 years, admits tying up the pupil but denies using a double knot during the Fitness to Practice hearing.
She also denies she was in breach of rules at the school including a child protection policy and restraining pupils.
Mrs Henderson, from Cwmbran, Gwent, denies unacceptable professional conduct but has admitted her behaviour 'was not completely right'.
The hearing in Cardiff continues.