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Former Trojan Horse-linked school teacher vows to fight classroom ban in High Court

Inamulhaq Anwar was found to have agreed to the inclusion of too much Islam on pupils' education

Park View School teacher Inamulhaq Anwar

A teacher who imposed too much Islam on pupils’ education at a Birmingham school linked to the Trojan Horse scandal has revealed he is to fight his classroom ban in the High Court.

Inamulhaq Anwar was last week banned from teaching for life after he was found guilty of professional misconduct following a National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) hearing.

Mr Anwar, aged 35, of Bordesley Green taught at the former Park View Academy in Alum Rock and was previously governor at neighbouring Nansen Primary.

The two schools were among five in Birmingham placed in special measures in 2014 following snap inspections by Ofsted, sparked by allegations of a plot to Islamise non-faith schools.

Mr Anwar, who was told he could apply to have the ban lifted in six years, said he was “extremely disappointed and upset” by the prohibition order and “level of injustice that has taken place”.

He added: “I feel the whole Trojan Horse scandal was politically motivated and this led the panel to be influenced by media hype and hysteria.

“I did my best as a teacher and served the pupils I taught at Park View with commitment, passion and wanted them to achieve their best in life.

“I am proud of my achievements as a teacher and contribution I have made to the lives of young people.

“I would like to thank my union and legal team for their support and I look forward to clearing my name at an appeal in the High Court.”

During the hearing, the NCTL panel heard Mr Anwar contributed to a group called the Park View Brotherhood, on the phone messaging service WhatsApp - reportedly sending messages describing homosexuality as a “filthy crime”.

Mr Anwar was found guilty of reforming the curriculum to exclude proper sex education.

And the panel ruled his behaviour left pupils at risk of “being isolated” in an Islamic bubble “and not properly integrated” into British society.

The panel said that while his push to Islamise pupils’ education was “in no way extremist”, the children were “not being prepared for life in modern Britain”.

Mr Anwar denied all of the allegations.

Teachers become first in Britain to face lifetime classroom ban for trying to impose too much Islam on education

Tony Pearce, of the National Union of Teachers, said Mr Anwar’s ban was a “total miscarriage of justice”.

He added: “Mr Anwar is a dedicated and outstanding teacher who achieved excellent results in a school that had previously received an outstanding grade from Ofsted and was being held up by Ofsted and the Prime Minister as an example to other schools of what could be achieved in an inner-city area.

“We are firmly of the view that the NCTL panel committed numerous errors in reaching their view that Mr Anwar was guilty of the remaining charges and will be putting the case to appeal.

“In the meantime, we believe that Mr Anwar should be allowed to continue teaching under supervision, which is allowed for under the regulations.”

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