Teacher banned from classroom after he swore at special needs pupils and called them ‘retards’


Teacher is banned from the classroom for life after he swore at special needs pupils and called them ‘retards’ and ‘s***heads’

  • Thomas Marshall, 46, worked at Fosse Way school in Radstock, Somerset
  • ‘Physically and verbally abusive against pupils who had no voice’ panel heard
  • Marshall taught pupils who were aged 16 and over at the special needs school 

A teacher who called pupils with special needs ‘fat c****’ and ‘retards’ and and stamped on another child’s foot has been banned from the profession for life.  

Thomas Marshall, 46, worked at Fosse Way school in Radstock, Somerset, from 2014 until his dismissal in 2018. 

Marshall was ‘physically and verbally abusive against pupils who had no voice’, the Teaching Regulation Agency heard. 

A teacher who called pupils with special needs ‘fat c****’ and ‘retards’ and and stamped on another child’s foot has been banned from the profession for life. Thomas Marshall, 46, worked at Fosse Way school (pictured) in Radstock, Somerset

He taught pupils who were aged 16 and over at the school, which teaches children with special educational needs and was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

A disciplinary panel heard how Marshall would swear at students on a daily basis and would refer to them as ‘retards’ and ‘s***heads’. 

The word retard is an offensive term used to describe someone with a mental disability.

In one incident, Marshall called a boy a ‘fat c***’ when he asked for more food during a break. 

When he accompanied the students on a school trip, he said to a colleague within earshot of the students, ‘let’s get these c***s off the bus’. 

On another occasion, Marshall was seen putting soap on a pupil’s private parts in the showers after a swimming lesson.

When he was challenged by a colleague, he said in front of other pupils: ‘Yes, but this retard really stinks… …his c*** really f****** stinks and the smell is unbearable.’

The act of washing pupils’ genitals was not approved of by the school and was not included in the boy’s care plan.

Witnesses also saw Marshall ‘stamping’ on one pupil’s foot and ‘hoiking’ him off the floor in a way which was not approved.

Marshall did not attend the hearing last month but in a written statement denied swearing in front of pupils.

He also denied ever harming a student.

The punishment handed down to Marshall means he will never again be able to teach in any school, sixth form college or children’s home.  

Panel chairman Peter Cooper said: ‘Mr Marshall has denied all of the allegations and, at times, sought to divert any blame away from himself.

‘He has not demonstrated any remorse or insight into his conduct, nor has he expressed any desire in returning to teaching at any stage.’

Marshall was dismissed from his job at Fosse Way in July 2018 and has been struck off from the teaching register.  

Mr Marshall was dismissed from his post in July 2018 and has been struck off the teaching register. 

No criminal charges were brought against him. 

Fosse Way school has been approached for comment. 

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