Teacher ‘slapped pupil across face’ and yelled ‘get out of my f****** classroom’

A teacher employed at an East London school has been banned from teaching "indefinitely" after assaulting a pupil and yelling in their face.

Antony Dunn, 67, taught Physics at Newham Sixth Form College between 2002 and 2019, MyLondon reports.

A professional conduct panel that sat on May 11, 2021, found Dunn guilty of unacceptable professional conduct that could bring the profession into disrepute.

The panel heard that on March 12, 2019, following a confrontation with a pupil during a support study session, Dunn shouted at and slapped the pupil "on the cheek and/or face" and stated "get out of my f****** classroom," or something similar.

Next, the pupil put Dunn in a headlock before other students separated them.

Dunn then left the classroom and reported the incident to his line manager. The police were duly notified and interviewed Dunn.

On April 24, 2019, he received a caution for assault by beating.

A disciplinary hearing in June 2019 resulted in Dunn being dismissed from the school. An appeal was not upheld.

Five years prior to these events in October 2014, Dunn received a caution for assault by beating for a similar incident involving a verbal altercation and physical assault with a different individual.

The school was made aware of the caution in 2015, and a support plan was put in place which required Dunn to attend anger management therapy.

Dunn admitted all the allegations from 2015 and 2019 but denied that his actions suggested a pattern of behaviour or difficulty in managing anger.

The panel found that the two incidents did in fact amount to a pattern of behaviour and evidence of a struggle to manage his anger.

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Although the earlier incident happened outside the education setting, the panel ruled it was still relevant to a consideration of unacceptable professional conduct as it "affected the way the way in which Mr Dunn fulfilled his teaching role" and "may have led to pupils being exposed to, or influenced by, the behaviour in a harmful way".

Dunn gave evidence that he had been under high levels of stress at the time of the 2019 incident.

The panel also heard that Dunn had a previous good history of more than 30 years teaching and considered character references that Dunn was "kind and generous" and "supportive and compassionate".

Dunn said that he does not intend to return to teaching but that a prohibition would impact his mental health, self-esteem, family life, and chances of roles in the voluntary sector.

The panel decided that "the public interest considerations outweighed the interests of Mr Dunn".

On behalf of the secretary of state, Sarah Buxcey ruled that it was in the public interest that Dunn "is prohibited from teaching" and "in view of the seriousness of the allegations" will not be entitled to apply for a review.

A spokesperson for the school told My London: "Mr Dunn was suspended on 12 March 2019 and dismissed following an internal investigation and disciplinary procedure.

"Mr Dunn has not worked at Newham Sixth Form College since March 2019."

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