Former head of academy chain banned from teaching after receiving ‘second salary’

Liam Nolan, whose academy trust was once praised by former prime minister David Cameron, was found guilty of professional misconduct last month. The Independent reports. 

Mr Nolan used to be executive headteacher, CEO and accounting officer at Perry Beeches Academy Trust in Birmingham until he resigned in 2016.

Mr Nolan – who was once described as a “superhead” – appeared before the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) in relation to £160,000 of payments he received while CEO of the trust.

A previous investigation found that the academy chain paid nearly £1.3m to Nexus Schools Ltd – a private company contracted to help run the school – without following proper procedures.

Nexus then paid Mr Nolan £160,000 through his own private company, Liam Nolan Ltd, which was on top of his £120,000 annual executive headteacher salary.

 TRA report, published on Monday, concluded that it was satisfied that Mr Nolan was “guilty of unacceptable professional conduct”.

“There did not appear to be sufficient insight into the seriousness of those failings or his responsibility in that post.

“In particular, the panel was concerned that Mr Nolan blamed the trustees, accountants and others for the remuneration arrangements that are at the heart of this case.”

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