Former Oldknow head banned from teaching by NCTL panel

The BBC is reporting that a head teacher accused of misconduct in the so-called Trojan Horse scandal in Birmingham has been “prohibited from teaching indefinitely”.

But the conduct panel’s ruling means Jahangir Akbar can apply after five years to have this ban set aside.

Mr Akbar was accused of trying to “eliminate” the celebration of Christmas in school and “undermining tolerance” of other beliefs.

The tribunal said Mr Akbar’s behaviour was “misconduct of a serious nature”.

Mr Akbar had been acting head of Oldknow Academy in Small Heath, one of the Birmingham schools caught up in the Trojan Horse claims of a takeover by groups promoting a hard-line Muslim agenda.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership began a series of misconduct hearings in the autumn – and Mr Akbar was found guilty in December.

With the announcement of the prohibition order, he becomes the first to face sanctions…

But a number of claims against Mr Akbar were rejected.

The panel did not accept accusations that he had tried to “exclude the proper teaching of sex and relationship education” or that he had tried to reduce the amount of music and art.

The panel did not find evidence of gender segregation or that he was “reforming the school curriculum to include greater emphasis on religion”.

And the misconduct panel said it had not found that Mr Akbar was “promoting religious extremism”.

But the panel concluded that his “conduct was incompatible with being a teacher”…

Oldknow School has subsequently been renamed as Ark Chamberlain Primary Academy.

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