A MARRIED Bradford teacher has been banned from the classroom for life after admitting she had a sexual fling with a male pupil.

Amena Nazam-Khan was at Tong High School when she got involved with the teenager, only identified as Pupil A.

It was an anonymous tip-off to the school that exposed what she had been doing.

The 35-year-old, who has now been struck-off at a disciplinary hearing, admitted she sent the boy sexually explicit photos, took him to hotel rooms and had sex with him.

Among other things, she also admitted inviting him and allowing him into her home, contacting him on the phone and on social media and telling him not to discuss their relationship with anyone.

However, she denied to the professional conduct panel that she took him to restaurants and that she had bought him a Hugo Boss watch.

Mrs Nazam-Khan was suspended by the school following the anonymous tip-off.

Recommending that she should be banned from teaching for life, the National College for Teaching & Leadership said Mrs Nazam-Khan had engaged in a “sexually motivated” relationship with the pupil, who turned 18 during the course of the relationship, and that it had had a “detrimental impact” on him.

The findings continued: “Furthermore, the panel do not consider that Mrs Nazam-Khan has shown any remorse for her actions and the impact upon the pupil. Her remorse is largely for the impact upon her family and herself.”

They said they considered it would be proportionate for her to be banned from ever teaching again. Imposing the ban on behalf of Education Secretary, Justine Greening, NCTL Deputy Director, Alan Meyrick, said : “In my view it is necessary to impose a prohibition order in order to maintain public confidence in the profession.”

In some cases when teachers are banned, the way is left open for them to seek to have the ban lifted after a set period. But in this case Mr Meyrick said she should not be given such an opportunity.

“I consider therefore that a prohibition order with no review period is required to satisfy the maintenance of public confidence in the profession,” he said.

The same hearing has given Sharanjit Kaur, another teacher from the school who knew what had been happening but who delayed reporting it, the go-ahead to carry on teaching. Ms Kaur admitted failing to report “in a timely manner a serious safeguarding concern” which had been reported to her by the pupil when school was already investigating the relationship.

Neither woman attended the hearing in Coventry.

A spokesman for Bradford Council, which ran the school at the time of Mrs Nazam-Khan's relationship with the pupil, said: 

“Both the school and the authority take our responsibilities to our young people very seriously. In this case Mrs Nazam-Khan was suspended as soon as the allegations came to light and did not teach again at the school. The school launched an investigation which has led to the misconduct panel findings. She admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a pupil at a disciplinary meeting and was dismissed from the school.

“We agree with the panel’s findings that pupils must be able to view teachers as role models in the way they behave. Whenever allegations of unacceptable professional conduct are made we will ensure these are investigated fully.

“In respect of the findings that Ms Sharanjit Kaur failed to report the matter in a timely fashion, we note that the panel found that she had recently received child protection training and that the school’s child protection policy and safeguarding policy makes clear that staff members should immediately raise any concerns they have about a young person with the school’s designated safeguarding lead.

"Ms Kaur was suspended as soon as the allegations against her came to light and was later dismissed. The school had appropriate policies and procedures in place which were breached by these two teachers.
“Bradford Council works continuously with all our schools to ensure they have robust safeguarding policies in place, as the wellbeing of young people across the district is our number one priority.”

Council-maintained Tong High School joined Tauheedul Education Trust on December 1 last year to become Tong Leadership Academy.