The first ever fitness to teach inquiry is underway.
The teacher in question is accused of putting sellotape on the mouths of five students in March 2012.
The teacher hasn’t appeared before the inquiry and isn’t obliged to.
The inquiry was told the teacher said she wouldn’t be able for the ‘rigours of the hearing’ because of a medical condition.
The hearing is being held in public but the teacher’s identity, the name of the school and all witnesses are protected.
Today's hearing is the first to take place since new laws were enacted last year.
Under the legislation, anyone - including parents, colleagues and even children - can make a complaint against a teacher.
The council has a wide range of sanctions available to it if it makes adverse findings - including having a teacher struck off the professional register in extreme cases.