Following the closure last year of a London school established to ‘educate children with sound academic standards and in the way of the Lord’, it was reported this week that the former head of the independent school in Hackney has been permanently banned from teaching for hitting a five-year-old pupil.
According to the BBC, Amos Johnson, 58, and Faith Johnson, 48, ran Mustard School, a mixed Christian school which taught up to 44 children from two to 14. Many were from African backgrounds.
A series of Ofsted inspections had deemed the school “inadequate”.
A professional misconduct panel found Johnson had “violated” his position of trust.
Faith Johnson, the school’s proprietor, has been banned from teaching for at least three years.
Mustard School, which was opened in 1997, charged annual fees of £3,060.
The panel at the National College for Teaching and Leadership found that Amos Johnson had hit one or more pupils “on one or more occasions” and failed to ensure an adequate teacher-pupil ratio, or that his staff were properly qualified.
Pupils did not have the resources they needed and he and Mrs Johnson had not ensured the playground was safe.
The panel expressed concern they did not acknowledge the seriousness of their actions.
Mr Johnson retains a deep-seated attitude towards controlling behaviour of pupils which is harmful; in particular it was concerned about his justification for chastising a 5-year-old pupil physically.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn