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Islamic school proprietor barred following terrorism convictions

Mizanur Rahman issued with direction by DfE barring him from holding management positions in independent schools

Mizanur Rahman has been issued with a direction by the DfE.

The former proprietor of an unlicensed Islamic school has been barred from taking management positions in schools after being convicted of terrorism offences.

Mizanur Rahman had been the proprietor of Siddeeq Academy, in Tower Hamlets, east London. It closed down in 2015.

In a direction published today, the DfE barred Mr Rahman from taking part in the management of an independent school, academy or free school.

The order also has the effect of disqualifying him from being a governor at a maintained school.

The document says Mr Rahman had been convicted of inciting racial hatred, solicitation to murder, and inviting support for a proscribed organisation.

It adds: “He also engaged in social media activity that was aimed at undermining fundamental British values and, in addition, was so inappropriate that, in the opinion of the secretary of state, it makes Mr Rahman unsuitable to take part in the management of an independent school.”

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “The government has a duty to protect children from dangerous influences and Mizanur Rahman, who has been convicted under the terrorism act, quite clearly has no place in our schools.

“We will always act swiftly and decisively to safeguard our young people and this order is evidence of that.”

Mr Rahman can appeal the direction to the First Tier Tribunal within three months of being informed of the decision.

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