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Life-Time Ban For Teacher Jason McDermott Who Punched And Pulled Hair Of Students

31/07/2014 14:51 BST | Updated 31/07/2014 14:59 BST

A teacher from a secondary school in Solihull, Birmingham has been given a life-time ban from teaching after punching, jabbing and pulling the hair of students.

Jason McDermott, 45, was found guilty of misconduct by the National Council of Teaching and Leadership Panel (NCTL) of "inappropriate physical contact" with students.

The incidences occurred between September 2012 and March 2013 where McDermott jabbed and poked at student's stomach and sternum and on one occasion, pulled the hair of a student. One incident saw a pupil absent from school for two days. He was suspended from the school shortly afterwards followed by his resignation.

The former soldier had a history of "recurring violence against pupils of a potentially criminal nature" at CTC Kinghurst Academy, the disciplinary panel heard.

McDermott taught 'Uniformed Services', a BTEC course designed to prepare students for working in public services, including in the fire brigade and the army. According to McDermott, his teaching on the course included "boisterous play between students and himself." He admitted to the allegations and "accepts he did wrong and regrets his actions".

The NCTL gave McDermott a life-time ban from teaching in schools, sixth form colleges, relevant youth accommodation and children's homes.

He has the right to an appeal.