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General Teaching Council rejects Leonora Rustamova case

Leonora Rustamova
Image caption Leonora Rustamova was sacked from Calder High School in 2009

A teacher who was sacked after writing a racy novel about her pupils has been told she will not face a full hearing by the General Teaching Council (GTC).

Leonora Rustamova was sacked in May 2009 from her job at Calder High School, Mytholmroyd, when she published an online book, Stop! Don't Read This!.

The GTC said there was no case to answer.

The 41-year-old has launched an appeal after losing her claim for unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal.

'Feel very positive'

Miss Rustamova, 41, said: "It's given me a lot of confidence now to face the tribunal again.

"I was feeling very cynical about the justice system but this decision has made me feel very positive again.

"It's been three years that I've been fighting for this."

The tribunal was told that Miss Rustamova decided to write the book at the request of a group of five disaffected boys aged 15 and 16.

It described teenage fantasies, named teachers and featured Year 11 pupils.

Miss Rustamova previously said: "I was really trying to write something that was actually dealing with the reality of those kind of marginalised students.

"It wasn't based on fact it was just based on the kind of problems facing disaffected teenage boys up and down the country."

The book, Stop! Don't Read This has now been published as a conventional book after it originally appeared on a self-publishing website, before being removed.

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