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HAYE v GENERAL TEACHING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND

A prohibition order with a two-year minimum review imposed on a teacher was appropriate and not disproportionate where, in response to questions asked by his students, he had made comments about his Christian beliefs on homosexuality and church attendance on Sundays. His lack of insight into the inappropriateness of the comments meant that it was likely the events would be repeated and justified the imposition of the order. The appellant teacher (H) appealed against a prohibition order with a two-year minimum review imposed in accordance with the recommendation made by the respondent council's professional conduct committee.

19 April 2013

(2013)

QBD (Admin) - King J

11 April 2013

H was a Christian. He was employed in 2007 by a school with pupils of diverse backgrounds, religions and beliefs. The school had an ethos of promoting tolerance and respect for the beliefs and rights of others. In 2010, pupils attended an assembly where they were shown a video on homosexuality. In class immediately afterwards, H was asked for his views as a Christian on homosexuality and he gave an answer referring to the Bible. A teaching assistant was present during that discussion and reported it to H's superiors. Several days later, H was asked by another pupil whether it was true that he believed that people who attended church on a Sunday worshiped the devil. H again gave an answer referring to the Bible which was overheard by another teacher and the school investigated both events. H was dismissed from his position and the matter was referred to the council. The committee imposed the prohibition order, find...

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