A former lecturer from the College of West Anglia in Lynn has been banned from the classroom for his bullying behavious.
Dean, Mander, 49, was banned from teaching for at least three years following the disciplinary panel finding that he was guilty of “unacceptable professional conduct”.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), which acts as a standards watchdog for the profession on behalf of the Government, announced its decision today.
The conduct panel said that Mander was employed by the College as a Lecturer in Construction (Brickwork) from April 2004 until his resignation on August 31 , 2012, when facing disciplinary action from the college.
It said that a number of concerns were raised in 2012 by parents, students and staff regarding his conduct towards his pupils, including allegations of bullying, aggression, swearing and name-calling.
The panel found that in 2011 and 2012 he acted in an “aggressive, intimidating and bullying manner” towards four students, though a further four similar allegations were found unproven.
Evidence from one, Student B, and his mother, included claims Mander belittled him, using foul language against him and including calling him lazy.
Another, Student C, said in a statement that Mander would “bully me all the time by running me down” and “made me feel as though I was not part of the group”.
Student C was identified by a number of students as someone that Mr Mander would “shout at”, “put down” and “moan at”.
A further student, identified as Student F, said that on one occasion when he was late Mander said “he did not want to talk to me and he was pushing his hands towards his face. His hand was almost toughing my nose it was that close”.
In another incident he claimed Mander swore at him.
The panel also found that Mander “squared up” to a student.
It said that Mander used “inappropriate language” in front of students including swear words as well as aggressive, sarcastic, demeaning and belittling language. This included making fun of a Student C’s facial twitch.
In his written statement, Student C said that Mander “would get in my face and deliberately copy my facial expressions when I twitched to poke the fun out of me. This was not done in a fun way. He was doing it to bully me”.
Giving the final decision, NCTL official Paul Heathcote said: ““Mr Mander’s behaviour has fallen significantly short of the standards expected of a teacher. It is misconduct of a serious nature and I agree with the panel’s recommendation that a prohibition order is an appropriate and proportionate sanction.”
Adding that Mander has accepted that his actions were misjudged and their impact unintended, with no evidence he was aware of particular health issues faced by students, Mr Heathcote said that he “possesses technical skills that may be valuable to young people in the future” and so a three-year review period would allow time for him to reflect upon his actions.
The decision means that Mander is prohibited from teaching in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.
He may apply for the Prohibition Order to be set aside, but not until July 2017, and if he does apply, he will have to persuade a panel that he is fit to return to the classroom.
He has a right of appeal to the High Court.