Teacher guilty of mis­con­duct is given ban

Woman had only taught in the UK for one term

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Qasim Per­acha qasim.per­acha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasimper­acha

A 59-YEAR-OLD teacher in Bucks who worked in the UK for just one term was banned from teach­ing in Eng­land, hav­ing been found guilty of se­ri­ous mis­con­duct.

A pro­fes­sional con­duct panel looked into sev­eral com­plaints against He­len Rossen­berg dur­ing her one-term ten­ure at Bourne End Acad­emy.

Ms Rossen­berg was found guilty of mak­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate phys­i­cal con­tact by push­ing a pupil, stand­ing on an­other stu­dent’s foot and pulling a stu­dent’s hair.

She was also found guilty of de­scrib­ing a stu­dent with spe­cial needs as ‘thick’, say­ing ‘all they would do is sit there scratch­ing their balls’ about ab­sent pupils, telling a stu­dent to ‘sit your black ass down on that chair’, mak­ing ref­er­ence to a stu­dent hav­ing ‘nits’ and re­fer­ring to one or more stu­dents as ‘fat’ and/or ‘ugly’ and/or ‘gay’.

The panel heard ev­i­dence from sev­eral pupils, the deputy head of the school and a teach­ing as­sis­tant.

The Sec­re­tary of State for Ed­u­ca­tion handed Ms Rossen­berg an in­def­i­nite ban from teach­ing in Eng­land.

Ms Rossen­berg had 20 years teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in Aus­tralia, but the maths teacher po­si­tion at Bourne End Acad­emy was her first in Eng­land. She was em­ployed from Septem­ber 2015 to De­cem­ber 2015.

She did not co­op­er­ate with the pro­ceed­ings and failed to re­turn to the coun­try to ap­pear be­fore the panel.

The panel were sat­is­fied Ms Rossen­berg used the phrase ‘sit your black ass down on that chair’ to a white pupil. She had ac­cepted telling the stu­dent to ‘sit your ass down on that black chair’, but as the panel heard the chairs in the room were brown and the only black chairs were in the sixth form.

First hand ac­counts were also heard of her telling a pupil they have ‘nits’, fol­lowed by a com- ment that her hands were dirty from the nits.

Ms Rossen­berg had been charged with ‘grab­bing’ a stu­dent by the arm to gain their at­ten­tion, but although the panel ac­cepted that on bal­ance of prob­a­bil­i­ties there had been phys­i­cal con­tact be­tween them, there was not enough ev­i­dence to sug­gest ‘a de­gree of force’ had been used.

Fol­low­ing the panel’s con­clu­sions, the Sec­re­tary of State for Ed­u­ca­tion banned Ms Rossen­berg from teach­ing in Eng­land in­def­i­nitely, with no ap­peal avail­able un­til three years from the or­der, on Fe­bru­ary 1, 2020.

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