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A TEACHER has been banned from teaching after being found guilty of unacceptable conduct.

Education Secretary Michael Gove imposed the ban on James Gordon, 29, after a Teaching Agency disciplinary panel found him guilty of ‘unacceptable professional conduct’ at Westbourne House, a private school in Chichester.

Mr Gordon was employed at the school from January 2008 to December 2010.

Listing their concerns, the panel said he had driven a pupil alone in his car to Goodwood. He also allowed three pupils to spend time with him on February 26, 2010, without informing boarding staff or making sure the required procedures had been followed.

The panel said he made a ‘inappropriate’ call to a pupil giving information on revision.

Mr Gove said: ‘‘Mr Gordon’s behaviour was sustained and he continues to lack insight into the seriousness of his behaviour.’

The ban lasts until December 9, 2015, and can be reviewed after that.