Teacher, 31, sacked for making primary school pupils wear picture of a hanged child as punishment
The General Teaching Council's professional conduct committee heard Ama Bankah, 31, claimed the placard was used as a 'behaviour management technique'
A teacher at a primary school was sacked after ordering pupils to wear a picture of a child with a noose around its neck as a punishment.
Ama Bankah, 31, had been working as a supply teacher in class of children - many with special educational needs - at Shaw Primary School, South Ockenden, Essex, when the practice came to light.
The General Teaching Council's professional conduct committee heard Ms Bankah claimed the placard was used as a 'behaviour management technique'.
Every time she rang a bell, all the children had to sit quietly and those who didn't would be 'caught' by the 'hangman' which was the name of the picture on the placard.
The GTC heard the image on the placard was of a child dressed in the colours of the school uniform.
When she did this to one of the boys on February 1, 2008 he burst into tears and the matter was brought to the attention of the headteacher Linzi Roberts-Egan.
She then quizzed Ms Bankah, who had been in the post for three months, before asking her leave the school.
GTC committee chair Sashi Sivaloganathan said: 'Ms Bankah's behaviour
on 21 February 2008 was demeaning to the pupil concerned, caused him
some harm, and had the potential to harm other pupils.'
The committee also heard that some parents were so concerned about
what had happened that they considered taking their children out of the
The GTC ruled Ms Bankah was guilty of 'unacceptable professional conduct'.
Ms Sivaloganathan added: 'The Committee considers that Ms Bankah is not at present fit to be a registered teacher.'
It said she was not fit to be a registered as a teacher and that if
Ms Bankah wanted to return to work in a classroom she would have to have
In addition, she is not allowed to register to do so for a further two years.
Ms Bankah has a right of appeal to the High Court within 28 days.
Ms Bankah had been working as a supply teacher in class of children - many with special educational needs - at Shaw Primary School (pictured), South Ockenden, Essex, when the practice came to light
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