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BNP teacher ban 'to be examined'

1 October 2009

Ed Balls has asked Maurice Smith, the former chief inspector of schools, to review provisions designed to prevent racism in schools.

Mr Smith's report will examine existing safeguards and, controversially, consider whether association with organisations that promote racism should be grounds for barring someone from teaching. Teacher's union NASUWT backed the commitment "to keep racism and BNP activity out of schools". Whilst many people will support a zero tolerance approach to racism, is there not a risk of promoting sympathy for BNP members?

It will be interesting to see whether the report's recommendations are radical enough to suggest an automatic bar.

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