The Guardian reports that panel cites repeated failure on part of government lawyers to share crucial evidence in case of alleged Islamist takeover of schools in Birmingham
The teachers were accused of allowing undue Islamist influence in the running of three Birmingham state schools. On Tuesday an independent disciplinary panel discontinued the proceedings against them, citing a repeated failure on the part of government lawyers to share crucial evidence.
The panel hearing the case at the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) in Coventry concluded that there had been an abuse of justice of such seriousness that it had no option but to end the hearings.
Formal hearings began 18 months ago and involved dozens of witnesses. The outcome is likely to be an acute embarrassment for ministers who vowed to bar those involved in the Trojan horse affair from teaching.
The five teachers are Lindsey Clark, Monzoor Hussain and Hardeep Saini, all former principals of schools in the Park View Educational Trust in Birmingham, and Arshad Hussain and Razwan Faraz, who both held senior teaching positions at the trust’s schools.
Central to the panel’s decision was the failure by lawyers acting for the DfE to disclose that they had access to interviews conducted for an inquiry into the affair by Peter Clarke, a former police counter-terrorism chief. That inquiry was ordered by the then education secretary, Michael Gove, at the height of the controversy.
One of the accused Lindsey Clark, now retired, was awarded an OBE for services to education in 2013, and by the time of her retirement Park View school had been rated by Ofsted as outstanding.
“Although Ms Clark is pleased that the proceedings are not continuing, today’s victory is a hollow one. She had very much fought for, and sought to obtain, a verdict clearing her of any wrong doing. This, now, is no longer possible,” her lawyer said. “The fact that the proceedings are now discontinued will not relieve the pain or remove the stain on an otherwise unsullied, indeed exceptional career.”
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