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Homophobic teacher who was sacked after calling gay people ‘animals’ is back in the classroom

Nick Duffy January 2, 2020
Razwan Faraz is now working as a 'parenting coach'

Razwan Faraz is now working as a 'parenting coach'

A teacher who was sacked after calling gay people ‘animals’ is reportedly back in the classroom as a “parenting coach”.

Razwan Faraz, 39, had been employed as deputy head teacher of the Nansen Primary School in Birmingham, but was sacked in 2015 over homophobic messages.

Sacked teacher back in classrooms as ‘parenting coach’.

However, five years on, the disgraced former teacher – who was a key figure linked to the so-called ‘Trojan horse’ scandal in Birmingham schools – is back in the classroom as a “parenting coach”.

According to The Times, Razwan Faraz was photographed presenting workshops to a full classroom of teachers.

In promotional materials on social media, he claims his aim is “developing pupils for a better world”.

The teacher was sacked in 2015 over homophobic comments
The teacher was sacked in 2015 over homophobic comments

The deputy head teacher had been sacked in 2015 over messages sent in a private teachers’ WhatApp group named the “Park View Brotherhood” in which he referred to gay people as “animals”.

In other messages sent via the group, discussing a gay meeting place, Razwan Faraz said: “May Allah further expose this and give us the strength to deal and eradicate it.”

Razwan Faraz: Employment tribunal found comments to be ‘demonstrably homophobic’.

Razwan Faraz had appealed his dismissal, but in July 2018 lost his case when employment tribunal judge Richard Hutchinson found that his comments were “demonstrably homophobic”.

The ruling stated: “The claimant was not expressing a religious belief in his comments. The comments were homophobic.

“This tribunal is satisfied that his dismissal for making homophobic comments had nothing to do with the expression of any religious belief.”

The newspaper reports that another figure linked to the Trojan Horse scandal, Tahir Alam, had been involved in the campaign against LGBT+ inclusive sex education in the city – despite being banned from working in schools.

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