Teacher who 'humiliated ethnic pupils' denies racism

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A teacher told his primary school pupils there are no "gifted and talented" children among ethnic minorities, a disciplinary panel heard today. 

Ian Chaplain is alleged to have made the racist comment in front of non-white pupils, humiliating them, the General Teaching Council at Birmingham was told.

Mr Chaplain is also accused of mocking a child who had a "posh" voice and of trying to embarrass under-11s by asking them mathematics questions they could not answer.

Mr Chaplain, who was dismissed from Clerkenwell Parochial Church of England School in Islington in February 2007 said: "I vehemently deny that I would ever make such a statement. I know for a fact that gifted and talented children come from all different backgrounds." 

The hearing was told that Mr Chaplain ran a Year Six chess club at the school, where around a third of pupils are from an ethnic minority.

Rejecting an allegation that he humiliated a Year Two pupil, Mr Chaplain said he had in fact been commending the student as he received a chess club prize at an assembly.

"I was praising the pupil and in no way humiliating him for having a 'posh' voice," Mr Chaplain said.

It is also alleged that Mr Chaplain, a member of the school's senior management team, demeaned a supply teacher and other female members of staff.

He allegedly said the reception teacher had "bad dress sense" and mocked a teacher from New Zealand by saying: "You Kiwis stick together".  continues here

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