Saturday, 21 February 2015

Teacher accused of inappropriate behaviour

A former technology teacher at Ardrossan Academy faces being removed from the Register of Teachers when he appears next week before the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Michael Rankin (pictured), who left his teaching position at the local secondary school in October 2013, is accused of swearing at pupils and of making sexual references in the classroom.

Four pupils made complaints to North Ayrshire Council, which included an allegation that Mr Rankin had said to one, “I shagged your mum,” and that, “Every time I shagged her, she made me a sandwich. That’s why I’m fat.”

It is also alleged the teacher said to another pupil, “I need to put my glasses on. I can’t see because of too much wanking. Is that why you wear glasses?”

Further complaints claim Mr Rankin swore at pupils and referred to a football team from Cumnock Academy as “mongos”.

In addition to his teaching role, Michael Rankin was also the Chief Youth Scout for Greenock Morton Football Club.  He resigned from that position after he was suspended by North Ayrshire Council while the local authority investigated the allegations against him.

At a procedural hearing of the General Teaching Council for Scotland in November last year, Michael Rankin was represented by Alistair Milne of solicitors Balfour & Manson.  Minutes of the meeting record the lawyer saying that Mr Rankin did not accept “all” of the allegations against him, adding that the former teacher was “effectively willing to accede to the maximum disposal which would be open to a Fitness to Teach Panel, that is to be removed from the Register of Teachers, in relation to those elements of the complaint which he accepted.  In addition, he was accepting that the terms of his removal would be such that he could not re-apply to the Register for the maximum period of two years.”

A spokesperson for North Ayrshire Council indicated it would be inappropriate for the local authority to comment on Ian Rankin’s position given that he has not been an employee of the council since October 2013.

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