Headteacher who let London Bridge terrorist teach gets management ban

Head teacher who let London Bridge terrorist teach gets management ban

Khuram Butt taught at the school for four months before the London Bridge attack.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The headteacher who allowed London Bridge terrorist Khuram Butt to teach unsupervised at an east London school has been banned from management roles.

Butt, who led the attack on June 3 2017, taught at Eton Community School in Ilford in the four months immediately before the atrocity.

Sophie Rahman, headteacher at the school which closed in August 2017, has been barred from taking up management roles under Section 128 of the Education Act.

The ruling means she is prevented from assuming leadership positions in independent schools, academies and by extension, governance positions in maintained schools.



The order also has the effect of disqualifying her from being a governor at a maintained school.

Ms Rahman had already been issued with a teacher prohibition order - a lifetime teaching ban.

In June last year, a Teaching Regulation Agency professional conduct panel found she had failed to protect children and the wider public.

It also found that she misled, or attempted to mislead, the police and/or the local authority in relation to the number of children that attended Butt's after-school classes on one or more occasions.


'Responsibility to keep children safe' 

The panel further ruled Ms Rahman should have known he was unsuitable to teach at the school - specifically that he was connected to members and former members of banned extremist jihadist organisation Al-Muhajiroun.

A Department for Education spokesman said: "Teachers, leaders and governors have a responsibility to keep children safe and Sophie Rahman failed to do that.

"That's why, as part of our duty to prevent such individuals from working in our schools, we have issued this order today."



Details of the barring direction were published for the first time on Tuesday.

It is the fourth time powers under Section 128 have been exercised since it came into force in September 2014.

The first ever barring order was issued in 2015 to Tahir Alam, who was part of the alleged Trojan Horse plot by hardline Muslims to take control of governing boards.

It said he engaged in conduct "aimed at undermining fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs".