Praise is lavished on ‘Trojan Horse’ school teacher accused of misconduct

The Birmingham Mail is reporting that the former assistant headteacher of a Birmingham school has lavished praise on a colleague who stands accused of professional misconduct.

Former Park View Academy assistant headteacher Lee Donaghy described the Alum Rock school’s previous maths teacher Wakass Haruf as “one of the most polite, respectful members of staff that I had the pleasure to work with”.

Mr Haruf is accused by the National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) of agreeing with others to the inclusion of an undue amount of religion on the eduction of pupils at both Park View and Golden Hillock School. He was seconded to Golden Hillock in Sparkhill for a spell in 2013 to teach maths…

Mr Donaghy added: “He (Mr Haruf) was very ambitious with the children and had high expectations of them.

“He made them feel good about themselves and confident.”

Mr Donaghy, who left Park View in February after over four years at the school, insisted it had not changed or pushed towards a more Islamic ethos during the time he worked there.

He criticised Ofsted for rating the school “inadequate” in April last year after it had been deemed “outstanding” prior to that in January 2012.

He added: “I was part of the leadership team and I take very seriously any comment Ofsted makes in that we were not performing in the same way we were in 2012…

Ms Bex [representing the NCTL] also called into question the “credibility” Mr Donaghy as a witness in the disciplinary hearing after he slammed the outcome of a similar case on Twitter…

Mr Haruf denies all the allegations against him. The hearing continues…

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  1. The B’Ham Mail article says Donaghy wasn’t ‘aware’ until November 2013 of the WhatsApp group set up by Park View’s acting principal called the Park View Brotherhood.  Emails between members of this group were read by Peter Clarke during the Trojan Horse investigations.  Clarke found the all-male group ‘promoted or failed to challenge bigoted views’.  There were ‘numerous endorsements of hyperlinks to extremist speakers’.
    It’s alleged Haruf participated in Brotherhood exchanges.  This can easily be confirmed by looking at the emails.  This would either confirm or quash Donaghy’s view that the panel is influenced by ‘hearsay and unverifiable claims’.

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