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King Solomon head Jo Shuter banned from teaching

    The headteacher of King Solomon High School in Redbridge, Jo Shuter, has been banned from teaching after abusing expenses in a previous role.

    Ms Shuter admitted a number of allegations of inappropriate claims, including £7,000 for a 50th birthday party, while head of the Quintin Kynaston Community Academy in London before a teaching standards panel last month.

    Education Secretary Michael Gove has now accepted the panel’s recommendation that she be struck off.

    In a letter to King Solomon’s parents today, the governors said that they “had no choice but to suspend Ms Shuter from her role as headteacher with immediate effect. Ms Shuter has 28 days to lodge an appeal against this decision” .

    Ms Shuter resigned from Quintin Kynaston in May 2013 and joined King Solomon as head four months later.

    While the panel recognised her significant education achievements, it concluded that “her national profile as an influential figure in education and public recognition as head teacher of the year and her receipt of a CBE increases the risk of public confidence in the profession being undermined” .

    In a decision published today, the panel also recognised “the broader public interest in maintaining confidence in the management of public finances, in particular ensuring the appropriateness of expense claims against public funds” .

    It said that she was ”prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England”.

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