March 2022 

Batley Grammar School teacher update

Further to my previous statements regarding events which took place at Batley Grammar School in March 2021, I wanted to provide an update to reassure constituents that I have kept in regular contact with the teacher involved and his family since being elected as the MP for Batley and Spen in July 2021.

I initially wrote a personal letter to him on July 21st offering him and his family my personal and professional support and have since had numerous conversations and correspondence through his union representatives. These conversations happen on a regular basis as I am keen for the teacher and his family to know that there is no time limit on my offer of help and support. However, I believe that it is not for me or anyone else to decide what they want or need, and as such, I will always be guided by what they feel is the best course of action. I sent another personal letter to him last week so he knows that my door is always open should he and his family need any help or support.

As I have clearly said on numerous occasions, it is completely unacceptable for him to have been forced into hiding and his family put at risk. But the reason I am not discussing this matter publicly is because I have specifically been asked not to – by the family involved.

From the conversations and communication I have had it is very clear that the teacher and his family do not want their personal circumstances to be a matter of public debate on social media.

They just want to get on with their lives.

Their well-being is of the utmost importance, as is their privacy, which I will continue to respect at their request.

Whenever I have a constituent who may need my help it is my professional duty to correspond with them through the correct channels and to do everything I can to respect their situation, their wishes – and their privacy. This is what I have done, it is what I will continue to do. It is what I will always do.

If he or his family feel that I can help them in any way they know that I am here for them. I hope that provides reassurance to people who have very kindly expressed their concerns on this matter.

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