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#Banished: Racist teacher who hounded colleagues and students banned for life

A headteacher who racially abused staff and complained if they had more Muslims “it is going to start looking like Al Jazeera” while checking CVs has been banned from the classroom for life.

Anupe Hanch, 49, asked a special needs pupil: “Do you want to become a paedophile?” and said she wanted to “chop off” the head of a Polish colleague, a professional conduct panel was told.

She locked the assistant head teacher in her office for three hours in July 2010.

Then, a year later, she got another staff member to place the jobs section of the Times Education Supplement on the assistant head’s desk every Friday, the panel heard.

She made racist remarks about Muslim colleagues taking the religious holiday of Eid off in September 2010.

Ms Hanch referred to one pupil as “a devil” and said: “I’m going to have to break down 5,000 years of Islam to get through to her.”

Ms Hanch, who was in charge of Gearies Junior School, in Ilford, Essex, for seven years, denied all the allegations, but the panel found her guilty of misconduct.

The bullying head, who was sacked from her post in December 2012 after a 24-year career in teaching, has now been banned from the profession without being entitled to a review.

Among other issues that concerned the panel were that she directed a teacher “not to be nice” to one pupil.  She told a girl that her classmates did not like her, while telling another pupil that her sister was a “known thief and liar”.

She also referred to parents as “b—–s”.

Brian Hawkins, who chaired the panel run by the National College for Teaching & Leadership, said: “The panel had found that Mrs Hanch had acted dishonestly and that her conduct continued over a period of seven years and involved newly-qualified teachers, teaching staff, senior leaders, non-teaching staff at all levels, pupils and parents.”

Mr Hawkins said her actions could have had “a long-term detrimental effect on those involved – including teachers and pupils.”

He added that “she showed a concerning attitude towards race and belief.” The former head had shown no remorse, he said.

Banning her from the profession for good, Paul Heathcote, acting on behalf of Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, said: “Mrs Hanch’s behaviour and actions have included bullying, demeaning and intimidating behaviour, demonstration of intolerant attitudes including to race and belief, and acting dishonestly on more than one occasion, with the potential for serious professional harm.”

Mrs Hanch was given 28 days in which to appeal against the decision to the High Court.

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