Three academy leaders guilty of misconduct over off-rolling scandal avoid bans

Three academy leaders found guilty of serious misconduct over an off-rolling scandal have avoided teaching bans.

The Teaching Regulation Agency said a factor in its decision was a more than two-year delay in the hearing beginning for the staff at Samuel Ward Academy, in Suffolk.

Former executive head Howard Lay, ex-principal Andy Prestoe and ex-assistant head Pat Stalker were last month found guilty of misconduct that could “bring the profession into disrepute”.

Prestoe admitted instructing others to off-roll low-achieving pupils in 2015 and 2016, while Stalker admitted involvement in choosing which pupils to off-roll between 2013 and 2016.

The panel found Lay, also CEO of the trust of the same name, knew off-rolling had taken place in 2014 but “turned a blind eye”.

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