Supply teacher - who once taught in at least one Fenland school - banned for life following conviction for assault

Supply teacher Andy Jummun has been banned from teaching for life after his conviction for assault.

Supply teacher Andy Jummun has been banned from teaching for life after his conviction for assault. Picture: STOCK - Credit: Archant

A Cambridgeshire supply teacher – who is known to have taught in at least one Fenland school – has been struck off after being found guilty of four counts of assault on pupils.

Andy Jummun had previously pleaded guilty at Cambridge magistrates of three incidents of throwing a pen lid at pupils from a short distance.

The other incident involved him pulling the chair away when a pupil was swinging on the front legs, causing the child to fall on the floor.

Jummun, 39, appeared before a professional conduct hearing to learn his fate.

He had previously appeared before magistrates when he convicted of four counts of assault by beating (battery).

The year 5 supply teacher – who is known to have once taught at Elm school near Wisbech had pleaded not guilty to all offences.

Jummun, formerly working at St Michael’s Church of England Primary School, Peterborough, was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work in the community, ordered to pay victim compensation of £150 and a victim surcharge of £85 plus prosecution costs.

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The tribunal’s ruling, published on Friday, concluded the offences “related to sets of facts that are relevant to his ongoing fitness to be a teacher.

“His actions were contrary to the standards of personal and professional conduct expected of a teacher.

“His conduct involved breaches of the teachers’ standards”.

They added: “The facts speak for themselves in this regard. We further noted that the behaviour involved in committing the offences (which were offences of violence) could and did have had an impact on the safety of pupils.

“We have also taken account of how the teaching profession is viewed by others. We considered that Mr Jummun’s behaviour in committing the offences could affect public confidence in the teaching profession, given the influence that teachers may have on pupils, parents and others in the community.”

The tribunal said: “This is a case involving offences of violence.

“We consider that public confidence in the profession could be seriously weakened if conduct such as that found against Mr Jummun were not treated with the utmost seriousness when regulating the conduct of the profession.

“We consider that a strong public interest consideration in declaring proper standards of conduct in the profession is also present as the conduct found against Mr Jummun was outside that which could reasonably be tolerated.”

“We are of the view that prohibition is both proportionate and appropriate. We have decided that the public interest considerations outweigh the interests of Mr Jummun. His lack of demonstrated insight or remorse was a significant factor in forming that opinion.”

Jummun is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.

He has 28 days to appeal the decision.