Nicholas Hall, 53, a teacher at a college in Leicester who posted Islamophobic comments on social media has been struck of
A religious education teacher who posted Islamophobic comments on social media and attended a march organised by the far-right group Britain First was struck off on October 26.
Nicholas Hall, 53, who taught in Soar Valley College in Leicester since 2001, admitted he had attended a march on one or more occasions, and also admitted posting a number of intolerant messages.
Hall admitted a series of other matters, including allowing pupils to watch an 18-certificate film, accessing pornography on a school laptop, failing to take appropriate action when a pupil acknowledged taking drugs, and working as a security guard while on sick leave.
National College for Teaching and Leadership panel concluded that he was guilty of “unacceptable professional conduct” and “conduct which may bring the profession into disrepute”.
It also found that he had breached his responsibility not to undermine “fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law… and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”, and that his conduct had violated the rights of pupils.
Hall is thought to be the first teacher to be struck off because of his association with Britain First.
The professional conduct panel ordered that Hall be banned indefinitely from teaching in any school, sixth-form college or other children’s establishment in England. He has a right of appeal to the high court.
The panel decided there was evidence that he had attended a number of rightwing events and that he had shown “vehement intolerance” towards people of other faiths.
Comments he made on social media included “What a sick religion Islam is” and “We will leave them alone when the plague of Islam is [eradicated] from our planet.”
In its report, the professional conduct panel said: “The panel believes that such an attitude is completely incongruous with Hall’s role as a teacher, but particularly his role as an RE teacher of the college.”
Furthermore, the panel had seen no sign that Hall felt any remorse for his actions.
Following the decision, Hall said he had no comment to make other than that he had “moved on” since losing his job.
Julie Robinson, the Principal at Soar Valley College, said: “Hall no longer works at the school and has not done so for some time. As soon as we became aware of any concerns regarding conduct, immediate appropriate actions were taken. This included referral to the misconduct panel, which has resulted in the recent outcome.”