Hainault headteacher banned for racist slurs

A primary school headteacher has been banned from teaching for a series of vile racist outbursts – including claiming black people don’t work.

Simon Parker, who taught at Coppice Primary School, Manford Way, Hainault, launched a series of racist attacks on pupils, parents and fellow members of staff during his role as headteacher between 2008 and 2009.

A panel at the General Teaching Council in Birmingham heard how when discussing a nursery early years adviser of Chinese origin, he pulled his eyes sideways to impersonate her and said “I can’t stand them”.

At a senior management team meeting he stated he would never let a Chinese person cut his hair and that it was a “disgusting thought”.

He also insisted he didn’t want a black candidate as deputy headteacher.

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Parker, who did not attend the hearing, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct due to his conduct falling far short of the standard expected.

In his ruling, chair of the hearing Tony Neal said: “He demonstrated a deep-seated contempt for members of many other races, encompassing members of his own school staff and the community beyond.

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“He displayed a disrespectful attitude to governors, pupils, parents and past, present and potential members of staff.

“As a headteacher, he had a particular responsibility to set an example to staff and to pupils.

“Instead, he abused his position of power in the way he treated and spoke about members of staff and others.”

Parker was struck off the teaching register indefinitely and cannot teach in maintained schools or non-maintained special schools.

• Did you know Parker or encounter his behaviour? Contact the newsdesk at newsdesk@ilfordrecorder.co.uk, or call 020 8477 3000

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