Teacher banned from classroom

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A teacher has been barred from the classroom for at least four years after a misconduct panel found that he made sexually motivated inappropriate comments to a pupil.

Musab Al-Khateeb has been banned from teaching in any school indefinitely but can apply for the prohibition order to be set aside in four years time.

The findings against him relate to an incident when he was teaching at Outwood Grange Academy in May 2014.

A National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) panel found a series of allegations against him, which he denied, to be proven.

This included him asking a female pupil if she watched pornography, that he detailed sexual acts that happened on school property when he was a pupil and asked two female pupils if they would share a bath.

It also found that he attempted to engage a pupil in an inappropriate relationship “including asking whether she would like to get up to something sneaky/risky with him.”

And the panel found that his actions were sexually motivated.

Mr Al-Khateeb denied these allegations. He did admit a separate allegation of inappropriately involving A-level and Btec students to assess the work of lower school students.

A spokesman for Outwood Grange Academies Trust said it took action to safeguard pupils as soon as concerns were raised about Mr Al-Khateeb’s conduct.

The spokesman said: “The academy and trust were pleased that the NCTL professional misconduct panel supported the trust’s decision to pursue disciplinary proceedings against him and that this has led to him being prohibited from teaching.”

In a written judgement the panel said that Mr Al-Khateeb should be able to return to teaching and “clearly has a lot to offer as a teacher.”

But the panel was concerned that he had a lack of insight into his actions.

It said: “He has also not acknowledged that the blurring of professional boundaries is entirely his responsibility and he cannot blame this on his students.

“Therefore, the panel considers that Mr Al-Khateeb would benefit from a period of reflection on his conduct and some time to demonstrate that he has learnt from this experience and had adapted his approach.”

Mr Al-Khateeb can appeal against the NCTL panel ruling.