I would welcome advice on this. I recently left my school to take up a position in another school, and would like to keep in touch with a couple of trustworthy students I have taught who are now 18 and have also left. I am female and some of them are male, which is where I am concerned things can be misconstrued. I have read similar posts on here, and find the suspicion surrounding this quite disturbing. I have always found it problematic that, in a profession which is deemed to be 'caring', it has been insinuated that I care too much about my students' well being, simply because I care when they do well, am upset when they don't, bother to talk to them when they are upset, and am not driven by my own ambition but by wanting them to succeed. I do not understand why a teacher and student can not strike up a friendship without there being questions raised about unsavoury motives. I have been asked for a drink by a small group of students who I taught for several years who are now 18 and have left, and, having done exactly the same with one of my ex teachers in the summer after finishing my A Levels, initially agreed in principle, but have had concerns since about whether this would be deemed unprofessional or something I could be struck off for. I have considered asking a friend to come along as well, not because I don't trust the students (which I do completely), but because I want to ensure that I am protected from scrutiny. The GTP states that teachers should use their judgement, and I have arrived at the conclusion that, as long as it is in a public place, I am not meeting with a student on a one to one basis, and I conduct myself as I would do in front of my headteacher (e.g. dress, behaviour, not getting drunk or divulging details about school or colleagues), I am not breaking any rules. I don't think there is anything wrong with remaining interested in the lives of people we play a part in, as long as we always have their safety in mind, so do not need nasty comments casting aspersions over my professionality or moral conduct, but I would appreciate advice on whether I am breaking any laws IF I decided to go ahead. I would find it very sad not to be able to keep in touch because of what other people might think.