A former headteacher from Oxfordshire has been banned from ever teaching again, having previously been jailed for sending sexual images to a child. 

Paul Corrie, a former head at Abingdon's John Mason School was jailed for a year in September 2022 after he performed a sex act while in a video call to a police officer he believed to be a child. 

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A Teaching Regulation Agency panel has decided that Corrie should be permanently banned from teaching - and will not be able to apply for a restoration of his eligibility - after he was convicted on four charges relating to child abuse. 

In June 2022, Corrie was convicted of two counts of making indecent photographs of children, attempting or engaging in sexual communication with a child, and causing a child under 13 to watch a sexual act. 

At the time of his arrest Corrie was employed at UTC Oxfordshire where he had been working since September 2015 as a teacher and then as Head of Department/Maths Lead.

The school was informed of Corrie's arrest on September 1, 2021, and his employment was terminated on September 6. 

The crimes had occurred in August 2021 when he communicated with someone he believed to be a 12-year-old girl. 

The 'girl' was in fact an undercover police officer to whom Corrie sent sexually explicit messages including photographs and videos of himself. 

In a later interview with police, Corrie admitted to seeing indecent images of children online and said he has used links sent to him to view child abuse material.

Corrie was sentenced to 12 months in jail, alongside a sexual harm prevention order and a deprivation order. 

The panel found Corrie’s actions were sexually motivated and the offences he committed were related to sexual activity, or at least desired sexual activity, with a child.

"While the offences did not involve children of the school, the panel believe that working with children is a relevant factor when considering the nature of the offences," the findings read.

The panel also said Corrie's actions had been "calculated and motivated".

While the panel did note that Corrie had taken steps to address his behaviour, they had received "no evidence to demonstrate genuine remorse for his actions" or that there would not be a repetition of his actions.

Corrie is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.