Primary school head who called female colleagues ‘the pretty one’ and ‘the blonde one’ is hit with teaching ban 

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  • Paul Scott, 54, made a series of inappropriate comments to female teachers
  • Arboretum Primary head teacher was banned indefinitely by the TRA
  • He referred to his female employees as ‘golden ones’ and ‘child-lost beauties’
  • Scott also referred to one of his colleagues as being ‘on the spectrum bus’

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A head teacher who referred to her staff as ‘blonde’, ‘pretty looking’ and ‘pretty who lost a baby’ has been banned from the classroom.

Paul Scott, 54, made a number of inappropriate comments to female teachers at Arboretum Primary in Derby, including telling one: ‘I can see you’ve got your big pants on today.’

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A tribunal was told that when one asked Scott what she could do to reach a higher pay band, she replied: ‘Seeing you in your underwear would be a really good start.’

He referred to colleagues as being ‘on the spectrum bus’ and told another teacher: ‘Ever since you got married, you’ve really let yourself go.’

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A pregnant colleague was reportedly asked if she was behaving a certain way ‘because she was hormonal’.

Head teacher Paul Scott, 54, made a series of inappropriate comments to female teachers at a school in Derby

Arboretum Primary (pictured) head Mr Scott, who referred to his staff as ¿blonde, ¿good looking¿ and ¿pretty man who lost a baby¿, has been banned from teaching by the Teaching Regulation Agency

Arboretum Primary (pictured) head Mr Scott, who referred to his staff as a ‘blonde’, ‘good looking’ and ‘handsome man who lost a baby’, has been banned from teaching by the Teaching Regulation Agency Is

A witness told a Teaching Regulation Agency disciplinary hearing in Coventry that she had ‘the impression’ Scott graded women on the basis of ‘whether they were attractive or not’.

The TRA banned Head indefinitely after ruling that he had committed unacceptable professional conduct. He cannot reapply to the Teaching Register until at least November 2024.

The TRA fired the headmaster after ruling that he had committed unacceptable professional conduct.

Panel chair Roger Woods said: ‘The panel’s findings against Mr Scott included inappropriate comments and behavior of an inappropriate, unprofessional and abusive nature in relation to various staff members as well as in some cases to pupils.’

One overheard said she ‘felt like a piece of meat’ after Mr Scott commented on her outfit. Another said: ‘One day I was taking pictures of dinosaurs and Mr Scott was looking so I said ‘what is this? what are you looking at?”.

He said something like “I’m distracted, you have pictures of dinosaurs on your breasts.” I left only after saying this.

After a hearing in Coventry was told how he had commented on another colleague’s ‘old lady’s hands’, Mr Scott apologized for a remark the tribunal said was ‘indecent’.

The judgment stated: ‘Mr Scott therefore accepted that it was inappropriate and unprofessional and therefore accepted this aspect of the allegation.’

Another staff member recalled how she was petting the guinea pigs when Scott entered the room and said: ‘They’re a nice pair of guinea pigs, I’d like to give them a squeeze.’

The TRA banned Head indefinitely after ruling that he had committed unacceptable professional conduct.  He cannot reapply to the Teaching Register until at least November 2024

The TRA banned Head indefinitely after ruling that he had committed unacceptable professional conduct. He cannot reapply to the Teaching Register until at least November 2024

Scott, who previously had an unblemished teaching record, made all the comments on the balance of probabilities.

The tribunal found him guilty of making inappropriate comments and having physical contact with staff members. He was also found to have sexually assaulted a woman.

Mr Woods concluded: ‘As a headmaster and leader, Mr Scott had a responsibility and duty to look after his staff and pupils. He was also a role model. In respect of each of these allegations, he had clearly failed in his obligations and duties.

‘As well as impacting individual staff members and referring to some students in a disparaging manner, his actions created a culture at the school that was unacceptable and corrosive.’

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