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.
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.
Read or download the NCTL panel decision in full:
As we seem to say all too often, but where was the oversight?
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