Concerns after teacher facing misconduct hearing allowed to work in classroom

The Mirror is reporting concerns after a teacher facing misconduct allegations for which he has subsequently received a lifetime classroom ban was allowed to continue teaching without schools being alerted to the situation. 

…Vasim Shabir, 33, advised boys how to be “players” and swore at pupils in religious studies lessons at Vale Academy, Brigg, North Lincs.

But Government education officials said the allegations against him were “not serious enough” to warn other schools about his behaviour.

Shabir was banned from teaching for life earlier this month after a disciplinary hearing by teaching watchdogs.

But education bosses in Bradford knew nothing about the proceedings. And they were shocked to learn that Shabir was working as a supply teacher at the Hanson Academy until a few weeks ago, while the proceedings were pending. 

A Bradford Council spokesman said: “All appropriate pre-employment procedures were undertaken and as soon as we were made aware of the professional conduct hearing we took the appropriate action immediately.

“The Local Authority and partner agencies will now be taking our shared concerns to the relevant national bodies as to how an individual could be able to continue to work while an investigation is underway or pending.”

A spokesman from the Department for Education said that if it believed allegations about a teacher are serious enough, they should not be in contact with pupils. 

Officials can impose an Interim Prohibition Order to prevent that person from teaching until the hearing.

A spokesman said: “In this case, his alleged actions weren’t deemed serious enough to subject him to an IPO.

“If they move schools it is up to them to disclose the particulars of any upcoming cases to new employers…”

More at: Teacher facing misconduct hearing for love-rat boasts and swearing was allowed classroom work


Read or download the NCTL prohibition order in full:

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So he has received a lifetime ban without the option to apply for restoration at a later date, but the actions weren’t deemed serious enough for an IPO to stop him teaching ahead of the hearing. 

Something doesn’t seem right, does it?

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  1. artmadnana SchoolsImprove Hanson Academy isn’t an academy although it’s been in conversion limbo for over four years (no, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke two days early). You can read about the whole sorry saga here:    Edubase, the DfE’s database of schools, now says conversion will take place on 1 May 2016 but that’s likely to be with Wakefield City Academies Trust not SPTA, the troubled academy trust recently criticised by Ofsted which was supposed to have sponsored Hanson years ago.
    That’s why Bradford was so angry that its pre-appointment checks didn’t show that Shabir was facing proceedings.  It was the DfE’s fault – the LA had followed proper procedures but a poor decision by DfE officials allowed the accusations against Shabir to remain undisclosed.

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