Teacher will not face ban after ‘Trojan Horse’ charges

Monday 29 February 2016

A maths teacher threatened with a life-time teaching ban will be allowed to return to his school after a professional panel rejected all but one of the allegations against him. The teacher was represented by Susan Bryant of Garden Court Chambers.

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The case has been reported by the BBC.

The National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) alleged that Mr Haruf was part of an agreement to allow an undue amount of religious influence in the education of pupils at two Birmingham schools. By virtue of this "agreement" they sought to hold him responsible for a range of incidents most of which they were forced to acknowledged he played no role in.

After a week-long hearing, the NCTL panel rejected the existence of any such agreement. Of the allegations of direct misconduct they likewise rejected all but one.

They found unacceptable professional conduct, but after a mitigation hearing the Panel rejected the argument that a Prohibition Order was appropriate and Mr Haruf is now free to return to the classroom.

Mr Haruf was represented by Susan Bryant, a third-six pupil at Garden Court Chambers. Susan was instructed by Saghir Hussain at HMA solicitors.

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