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‘Reading and writing was a problem for new teacher’

A TEACHER who struggled to read and write was sent to work at a leading secondary school, a tribunal heard.

Former City worker Faisal Ahmed was passed fit by a leading teacher training scheme. But Mr Ahmed, who is believed to be in his 30s, had ‘extreme difficulty with handwriting’, reading problems and issues understanding ‘written tests’.

The alarm was raised days into his new job teaching business studies at Thomas More Catholic school in Wood Green, north London, which is described as ‘outstanding’, The Sun reported.

The headmaster, Mark Rowland, called Mr Ahmed to a meeting and suspended him at the start of his first term.

Mr Ahmed suffers from dyspraxia, a condition which affects co-ordination, and told Mr Rowland he could ‘hardly write’ for ‘more than a couple of minutes’ as it was too painful.

Details of the case emerged after Mr Ahmed sued the school for constructive dismissal and disability discrimination.

However, Mr Ahmed, who was to teach GCSE and A-level pupils, lost his tribunal claim at London Central Employment Tribunal and lost an appeal last month, according to legal papers obtained by The Sun newspaper.

Mr Ahmed switched his profession after he was recruited in 2016 by Teach First, which parachutes top graduates into schools. It later admitted it had not shared details of Mr Ahmed’s dyspraxia with the school, the paper said.

Teach First said its training programme was rated outstanding by Ofsted. ‘Every trainee must have a degree, expertise in the subject they teach and GCSEs in maths and English. They will have passed skills tests for prospective teachers in numeracy and literacy,’ it said.

A STATE school has been criticised for plans to charge pupils £5 for exam revision sessions in the Easter holidays. Teaching unions have warned the plan by Dyce Academy near Aberdeen could ‘risk deepening the poverty-related attainment gap’. The school had hosted free sessions during holidays but headteacher Lesley Adam told parents the charge was needed to provide ‘appropriate resources’.

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