Headteacher spent more than £100,000 of school funds for his own purposes

The Southport Visitor is reporting that a local headteacher has been struck off after spending more than £100,000 of school funds on items including foreign trips and hi-tech equipment.

Colin Coleman, who ran Linaker Primary School in Southport, spent £15,000 on a planned expedition to the North Pole, £30,000 on trips to India and China and £24,000 on photography equipment.

The 49-year-old was sacked by Sefton council in 2014 for gross misconduct after the allegations came to light.

A tribunal has now found Coleman guilty of misconduct and he has been banned from the profession.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) said Coleman showed “total disregard” for financial regulations and was guilty of using school funds for his own purposes.

It added: “He regarded the school and school property as an extension of himself.”

…Department for Education decision-maker Alan Meyrick said: “He showed a total disregard for financial and management regulations… and pursued projects for his own purposes at the expense of pupils in his care.”

Coleman is banned from teaching indefinitely, but may apply for this order to be lifted after four years.

More at: Headteacher spent more than £100,000 of school funds for his own purposes

 

Read or download the NCTL panel decision in full:

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As we seem to say all too often, but where was the oversight?

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Comments

  1. It seems the misuse of funds came to light after a local authority audit after which the LA took appropriate action: suspension followed by dismissal.  But we keep being told that academies are subject to more stringent financial control because they’re externally audited.

  2. It seems the misuse of funds came to light after a local authority audit after which the LA took appropriate action: suspension followed by dismissal.  But we keep being told that academies are subject to more stringent financial control because they’re externally audited.

  3. stop1984

    CathyWood55 His pension could, should be easy enough to grab it, misconduct, teacher’s are vulnerable that way.

  4. CathyWood55

    stop1984 What could the school do with £100k – refurbish classrooms,subsidise school journeys,buy musical instruments & sports equipment

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