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Former Dartford teacher slapped with ban after leading pupils by the hand and saying ‘w*** the crank’ in classroom

PUBLISHED: 11:33 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 24 July 2017

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A decision on behalf of the education secretary ruled that Roger Ferguson is prohibited from teaching indefinitely

A former Kent teacher. who admitted leading pupils by the hand and saying “w*** the crank” in a crude classroom joke, has been banned from the profession.

Roger Ferguson, 60, a design and technology teacher and director of learning at Dartford Science and Technology College, was faced with a number of allegations at a professional conduct panel hearing earlier this month.

Mr Ferguson worked at the school from 2002 before resigning on July 1, 2016, when the school began an investigation into allegations made by pupils and parents on March 18 that year.

In evidence, a pupil said that on one occasion in 2015-2016, she was using a pillar drill during an after-school lesson in Mr Ferguson’s classroom.

Mr Ferguson stood near her and told her a joke about a time when he was younger on a boat, which involved saying “w*** the crank”.

She said that Mr Ferguson then laughed but that she felt awkward.

The teacher did not attend the hearing but appeared to admit to what was described by the panel as “a very inappropriate statement to say to a 14 to 15 year old female pupil” in written representations.

Other allegations included claims he pointed to a pupil’s chest, told her that there was something on her apron, before flicking his finger to touch the tip of her nose.

He denied this allegation but the panel found it proven on the balance of probabilities.

Mr Ferguson was also found to have hugged a student, led them by the hand, placed his arms around pupils, told an autistic girl with motor difficulties that she had enough muscle to complete a task and said “luv ya” to a pupil.

As a result, the panel found that Mr Ferguson’s conduct amounted to both unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.

A decision was then made by Alan Meyrick, on behalf of the education secretary, Justine Greening, who concluded that Mr Ferguson is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.

He can, however, apply for the order to be scrapped in three years’ time.

The school declined to comment on the decision when contacted.

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