Two former teachers at the centre of the Trojan horse radicalisation scandal in Birmingham, have had their lifetime bans from teaching lifted, after a High Court ruling last week, the Birmingham Mail reports.
The two men, Inamulhaq Anwar and Akeel Ahmed, were banned from teaching indefinitely by a disciplinary hearing at the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), after it was concluded the pair had sought to include “an undue amount of religious influence in pupils’ education” at Park View School, now called Rockwood Academy.
The presiding judge, Mr Justice Phillips, overturned their bans, citing the unfair disciplinary procedure taken by the NCTL. Mr Justice Phillips said that the NCTL and the hearing’s independent panel, had failed to disclose or seek the disclosure of key evidence to the men’s legal teams. In addition, he criticised the NCTL’s decision to hear the two men’s case, whilst a hearing of five senior Park View staff members was still ongoing. He said this process could have prejudiced the decisions made in Anwar and Ahmed’s trial.
The separate hearing against the five other staff, involving the school’s ex-headteacher Monzoor Hussain , executive head Lindsey Clark, former assistant head Arshad Hussain, together with Hardeep Saini and Razwan Faraz, is still continuing, and has been adjourned till next year.
Park View was at the centre of allegations involving a number of Birmingham schools, that its teaching staff and school governor’s boards were subject to infiltration by Islamic hardliners, who were seeking to influence the curriculum with their belief systems.
The DfE has said it will appeal the High Court decision. In a statement, a DfE spokesperson said:
We are very disappointed with the High Court judgment and we are now considering our options.In light of the fact that the judge has found against us on a technical, procedural point, we intend to ask for a re-hearing.