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Teacher sacked for wearing trainers—but did nothing wrong

PUBLISHED: 12:10 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, I AM pleased as a teacher to see the East London Advertiser has given excellent coverage of the case of Adrian Swain, who was sacked from St Paul’s Way School. Adrian has done nothing wrong—other than wearing the “incorrect clothing“ which was decided by a head teacher who has now left after only one term

Dear Editor,

I AM pleased as a fellow teacher to see that the East London Advertiser has given excellent coverage of the case of Adrian Swain, who was sacked from St Paul’s Way School (Colleagues battle ludicrous’ sacking, Advertiser, January 8). Without help from the press, people would not know what is happening.

Adrian has done nothing wrong—other than wearing the “incorrect clothing which was decided, as the Advertiser points out, by a head teacher who has now left after only one term.

Adrian has been wearing trainers for 17 years and no-one up till now has thought to criticise. If the school authorities had decided to consult with our members, maybe the situation would have been different.

The key issue is that Adrian is a time-served, experienced teacher with impeccable behaviour who has been helping our children to achieve for over 30 years. He now works with children who are hard of hearing.

Surely we can ill-afford to lose good teachers like these? Footwear hardly seems a big issue.

Adrian is supported by many pupils at his school. Although I am not very good at Facebook, I have seen what they have written. All this is supportive. He is also defended by the majority of our members in the National Union of Teachers.

Why do we want to lose a good teacher who has done nothing wrong? The son of the Prince of Wales can make comments that all of us would be sacked for, yet he gets a minor reprimand. Adrian is faced with no job for having done nothing at all.

John Grimshaw

Cambridge Heath-road, Bethnal Green


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