A history teacher who had sex with a pupil who was under the age of 16 has been banned from the profession for life. 

Daniel Benjamin Murphy, 34, was employed at Jewish comprehensive school King Solomon High School in Barkingside when he became engaged in a sexual relationship with a female pupil. 

Murphy was jailed for two years and ten months in 2020 after he admitted three sexual offences. 

His case was then referred to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) and in January 2024 it was decided he should be banned from teaching again. 

The abuse came to light when two pupils disclosed that Murphy had been having an inappropriate relationship with a pupil. 

The matter was then referred to the police and Murphy was suspended.   

He was later charged and in November 2020 he pleaded guilty to two offences of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a child under 16 and one offence of engaging in sexual activity with a child under 16. 

The TRA panel heard that Murphy sought to exploit his position of trust to have a sexual relationship with the girl. 

He invited the pupil to his home address on at least one occasion. 

Murphy did not distance himself from the pupil but later maintained an inappropriate relationship with the pupil when their sexual relationship came to an end. 

The TRA panel concluded: “In the light of the panel’s findings against Mr Murphy, which involved a conviction for two counts of penetrative sexual activity with a child under 16 and one count of non-penetrative sexual activity with a child, there was a strong public interest consideration in respect of the safeguarding and wellbeing of pupils, given the serious findings of an inappropriate relationship with a child.” 

Murphy was prohibited from teaching indefinitely meaning he cannot teach in England again. 

He is listed on the Sex Offender Register indefinitely and will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order until further order.