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article imageInappropriate conduct gets teacher banned from British classrooms

By Melissa Hayes     Jun 13, 2011 in World
London - A London English teacher has been banned from teaching in Britain after calling students inappropriate names and pinching a male pupil’s ears while threatening to staple them to the wall.
Nicholas Mellor, former head of English at Walthamstow Academy, also touched a female student’s face while calling her “baby cheeks,” and has a history of name-calling dating back to 2008, a disciplinary hearing of the General Teaching Council’s Professional Conduct Committee heard last week, reported This is Local London.
The council issued a Prohibition Order on June 10, banning Mellor from teaching after hearing evidence from Walthamstow students and vice-principal Rachael Ward, which included testimony of such nicknames as “lovely,” “baby,” “darling,” and “ugly face,” the local paper further stated.
Committee chair Sarah Bowie said Mellor’s threat to staple the boy’s ears to the wall was “particularly humiliating,” the Daily Mail Online reported.
“Mr. Mellor’s conduct fell short of the standard expected of a registered teacher and was behaviour which involved a breach of the standards of propriety expected of the profession,” Bowie said in the Daily Mail.
While admitting to touching the student’s cheeks and addressing the pupils inappropriately, Mellor said he had been joking when he threatened the boy, This is Local London reports.
Bowie is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying that during the hearing, Mellor failed to express any regret or remorse over his actions, and therefore should not be permitted to teach.
“That said we do not think that his behaviour is so intrinsically incapable of change that he should not be allowed the opportunity to apply to re-register within a reasonable period of time,” said Bowie.
“In doing so, he will have to adduce evidence that he has overcome his attitudinal problems.”
The Daily Mirror
reports it will be at least two years before Mellor will be granted re-application to the teaching register. He has 28 days to appeal against the ban at the High Court.
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