Teachers will not be banned from BNP membership

Report concludes that banning school workers from joining groups that promote racism would be "dispr

Teachers in England should not be banned from joining organisations which promote racism and intolerance, according to a report.

The government commissioned the review last September, after the names of 15 teachers were found on a leaked list of British National Party (BNP) members.

Maurice Smith, the author of the study and a former chief inspector of schools, concluded that banning school workers from joining such groups or political parties would be a "disproportionate response" and a "profound political act".

He equated it with "taking a very large sledgehammer to crack a miniscule nut", because, at present, the 10 measures in place to mitigate the risk were sufficient.

However, he did say that the recommendation should be reviewed every year, which ministers have accepted.

The Schools Secretary, Ed Balls, said that the need for a ban would be kept "under active consideration and reviewed on an annual basis".

The BNP has yet to comment on the findings of the report. Members of the far-right party are currently barred from the police and prison service.
Teaching union NASUWT branded the review "a golden opportunity squandered".