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East Ham teacher banned for life after beating child

16:34 21 August 2013

A teacher jailed after he beat a young girl with a belt on his way home from church has been banned from teaching for life.

Vincent Orugboh, 51, from Enfield was suspended from teaching Maths and Science at Brampton Manor Academy in Roman Road, East Ham after he was arrested for assaulting the child with a belt on the way home from church on November 20, 2011.

He was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay legal costs of £3,000 at Wood Green Crown Court on January 18.

Orugboh’s case faced a disciplinary hearing brought by the National College for Teaching and Leadership on August 6 in Coventry but he was not present or represented.

The findings state: “In our view, Mr Orugboh’s conviction is relevant to his work with children and young people.

“We are concerned that such violent behaviour would be likely to have an impact on public confidence in the teaching profession.

“Mr Orugboh maintained during his discussions with the child protection strategy group that his actions amounted to reasonable chastisement.

“Given the injuries which were suffered by the child following the assault, we are concerned that Mr Orugboh’s view of what was an appropriate level of physical contact to use would be likely to have an impact on the safety or security of pupils.”

Teachers are often given the opportunity at some stage to apply for the order to be lifted so they can return to the profession but the panel recommended Orugboh should be permanently banned.

The report added: “We have not been reassured that he will not behave in a similar way again.

“In our decision, which reflects the evidence we have reviewed as part of this case, we are concerned that Mr Orugboh represents a risk to the safety and wellbeing of children in the future.”

Alan Meyrick, who was acting on behalf of Education Secretary Michael Gove at the hearing, backed the call for a lifelong ban.

According to the report, he stated: “I have taken into account that Mr Orugboh had a long teaching career prior to this incident.

“However, the lack of insight and the lack of remorse leads me to support the recommendation of the Panel that there be no review period.”

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