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Teacher banned for life

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 03, 2013

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A TEACHER found guilty of multiple counts of ‘dishonesty’ relating to exams and job references – and of allowing pupils to watch ‘inappropriate’ videos on YouTube – has been banned from teaching for life.

Education Secretary Michael Gove imposed the ban on Mohammad Mahmood after a disciplinary panel found him guilty of ‘unacceptable professional conduct’ while teaching at Granville Sports College, Woodville.

The National College For Teaching and Leadership professional conduct panel found that, in early 2011, he signed declarations certifying that students had completed work in relation to the OCR ICT National exams which they had not in fact completed.

It said that, in doing so, he acted dishonestly, signing the declarations when he knew that the required work had not been completed by certain students.

It found that he also submitted work for external moderation which had not been completed by the candidate on more than one occasion – again dishonestly.

Finding that he also allowed students to view or download inappropriate material from the internet using his school computer, the panel said: “We are satisfied that students did view inappropriate YouTube material on a school computer to which he had logged in.”

Between October and November 2011, he also submitted a fabricated a reference to a school or recruitment agency on more than one occasion.

Recommending he should be banned the panel said: “The proved facts demonstrate a lack of honesty and integrity in the professional setting that amounts to serious misconduct and behaviour that falls significantly short of the standard expected of a teacher.

“Pupils must be able to view teachers as role models in the way they behave and Mr Mahmood has wholly failed in this regard. His actions were pre-meditated and the dishonest behaviour was repeated and, in part, covered up.

“His actions concerning the qualifications went to the heart of his integrity as a Head of Faculty and amounted to an abuse of his position. They risked bringing a public examination process into disrepute.

“They seriously harmed the educational well-being of individual pupils and the reputation of the school in the local community. His dishonest preparation of references shows a lack of personal integrity of the highest order.”

In imposing the ban the education secretary said: “The allegations found proven represent a serious departure from the standards expected of a teacher. Mr Mahmood has acted dishonestly and his actions were pre-meditated and not an isolated instance.

“Mr Mahmood has not engaged with the proceedings and has shown no insight into his behaviour. There is little evidence of mitigation and in the circumstances I agree the panel’s recommendation that a prohibition order be imposed.

“Furthermore, in view of the seriousness of the allegations found proved against him, I have decided that Mr Mohammed Mahmood shall not be entitled to apply for restoration of his eligibility to teach.”

The decision means that Mahmood is prohibited from teaching indefinitely in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.

He has a right of appeal to the High Court.

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