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Lifetime teacher ban was "prejudiced" says BNP activist

A teacher from Durham who is an activist with the British National Party has taken the Education Secretary and the regulatory body to court after he was struck off for life.

Adam Walker is challenging the ban authorised by Michael Gove.

It follows Mr Walker receiving a suspended sentence for verbally abusing three schoolboys, chasing them in his car and slashing the tyres on their bikes with a stanley knife.

At Leeds Crown Court the 44 year old said the decision to ban him for life was "prejudiced" because of his BNP support.

Mr Walker argued that the National College for Teaching and Leadership recommended that he should be banned from the classroom for a minimum of two years.

But the punishment was increased to a life ban by a senior official in Mr Gove's name the next day.

"When this failed to occur, in typical fashion, Mr Gove made a prejudiced decision on their (the NCTL's) behalf."

After the respondents concluded their case, Mr Walker told the judge he regretted everything that had happened with the children in Tudhoe.

"If I could go back to that day I would certainly wind the clock back and it would never have happened.

"I've been dealt with more harshly than other teachers who were guilty of sexually inappropriate behaviour.

I am alleging Mr Gove is acting out of political bias"

– Adam Walker

"Mr Walker's behaviour with the unruly children on Tudhoe village green on St George's Day 2011, which resulted in convictions for criminal damage, possessing a knife, threatening behaviour and dangerous driving, was serious.

"Children look to teachers as their examples. When you have someone not just behaving extremely badly, endangering children, but also failing to take responsibility for that behaviour and lying about it, what kind of example does that set to children?"

– Rory Dunlop, representing respondents
  • Judge Clive Heaton QC, presiding, summarised the case as:
  • The punishment was out of kilter with what other organisations considered just, after Mr Walker said the Disclosure and Barring Service had not banned him from contact with children, and the karate authorities had not stopped him instructing.
  • He was more strictly dealt with than all other cases heard by the regulatory body or the Secretary of State.
  • There had been undue interference by Mr Gove The Judgement was reserved and the result available at a later date.