Ex-King Solomon head Jo Shuter can apply to return to teaching in 2016

PUBLISHED: 15:22 03 December 2014 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 December 2014

Jo Shuter, headteacher at King Solomon High School Photo credit: Jonathan Goldberg

Jo Shuter, headteacher at King Solomon High School Photo credit: Jonathan Goldberg

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A former super-head banned from teaching after she charged her school £7,000 for her birthday celebrations can apply to return to the profession in 2016.

Joanna Shuter, 53 – once dubbed Tony Blair’s favourite teacher – also claimed for nearly £6,000 in taxi rides and £1,500 for furniture to be delivered to her home.

Shuter left her post at King Solomon, in Forest Road, Barkingside admitting unacceptable professional conduct earlier this year at the National College for Teaching and Leadership at her previous school Quintin Kynaston Community Academy in St John’s Wood.

The school purse also had to foot a £8,269 bill for her senior leadership team to stay at the plush five star Grove Hotel in Chandler’s Cross, Herts.

Ms Shuter also got her school PA to book holiday flights for her family and organise the rental of her Turkish holiday villa.

A professional conduct panel ruled Ms Shuter failed to follow appropriate financial procedures and banned her from teaching for life in May.

But following an appeal, it has now decided she can apply for a review of its prohibition order from May 13, 2016.

Paul Heathcote, of the NCTL, found Ms Shuter should be allowed to apply for the ban to be lifted – which could now see her return to the classroom in 2016.

He said: “She may apply for the prohibition order to be set aside once two years has elapsed from the date of the original decision, May 13 2016.”

Mr Heathcote added Shuter would have to apply to have the prohibition order removed.

“Without a successful application, Ms Shuter remains barred from teaching indefinitely,” he said.

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