A teacher has been banned from the classroom for life after punching, jabbing and pulling the hair of students.
Jason McDermott, 45, was found guilty of misconduct after a disciplinary panel heard he had a history of “recurring violence against pupils” at CTC Kingshurst Academy in Solihull.
The former soldier was said to have punched or jabbed pupils in the stomach or sternum on three separate occasions – while in another incident he had allegedly grabbed the hair of a student. McDermott taught a BTEC course for Uniformed Services at the school, preparing students for potential jobs with the public services, including the fire brigade and army.
He admitted the allegations and was found guilty of unacceptable conduct by the National Council of Teaching and Leadership disciplinary panel, which imposed the life-time teaching ban.
NCTL official Paul Heathcote said: “Mr McDermott has engaged in a pattern of inappropriate physical contact with pupils over a period of two years.
“The panel have decided that the public interest considerations outweigh the interests of Mr McDermott, particularly as his behaviour involved recurring violence against students of a potentially criminal nature.
“Mr McDermott accepts that what he did was wrong and that he regrets his actions.”
The violent incidents happened between September 2012 and March 2013 and shortly afterwards Mr McDermott was suspended by the school. He subsequently resigned.
The panel said there had been a “pattern of him engaging in inappropriate physical contact with pupils”, with one incident causing a pupil to be off sick for two days afterwards.
McDermott had said in a statement that physicality between staff and students had always been a part of the relationship on the course and this had included ‘boisterous play’.
But in a decision taken on behalf of Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, McDermott will now be banned from teaching in schools, sixth form colleges, relevant youth accommodation or children’s homes for life. He has a right of appeal to the High Court.