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Teacher fights for job after discipline for wearing trainers

PUBLISHED: 10:49 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:53 05 October 2010

A TEACHER is fighting for his job today in London’s East End after being disciplined “for wearing trainers” in school. Adrian Swain was summoned to meet Tower Hamlets education chiefs this morning after his dispute at St Paul’s Way Secondary in Bow Common

Mike Brooke

A TEACHER is fighting for his job today in London’s East End after being disciplined “for wearing trainers” in school.

Adrian Swain was summoned to meet Tower Hamlets education chiefs this morning after his dispute with St Paul’s Way Secondary in Bow Common.

The meeting began at 9.30am at the Town Hall in which Adrian was being represented by the National Union of Teachers’ regional official Gail Graham.

“I have been wearing trainers for many years and it never bothered either of the previous two head-teachers,” Adrian said before entering the meeting.

“The dress code for staff includes bans on hoodies’ and jeans—but no mention of trainers.”

The NUT trade union activist, with 35 years teaching experience in East London, was in dispute with the temporary head-teacher in the summer after teachers refused to cross a Unison picket line which closed the school.

He has been teaching in Tower Hamlets for 18 years and neighbouring Newham for 17 years.


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