London 'super head' Greg Wallace wins High Court ban appeal

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Image caption Mr Wallace appealed to the high Court against a teaching ban for alleged financial mismanagement when he was head teacher at Best Start Federation schools in Hackney

A "super head" has won a High Court appeal against a teaching ban following allegations of financial mismanagement.

Greg Wallace, of Best Start Federation schools in Hackney, east London, was accused of awarding contracts worth more than £1m to C2 Technology, a company run by a friend.

He was banned for a minimum of two years by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2013.

The court ruled a "less intrusive measure" should have been implemented.

A panel of judges said there was a public interest in maintaining his "exceptional contribution to education".

'Cover-up evidence'

Previously, former education secretary Michael Gove described Mr Wallace as one of a "magnificent seven" of head teachers running outstanding schools in deprived areas.

He was not initially banned, but the DfE overruled a recommendation from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) that a ban should not be imposed because of his "inspirational example" as an educator.

Mr Wallace was accused of awarding contracts without seeking approval from school governors to a firm owned by a friend and partner, and attempting to cover up evidence by deleting emails.

He was also accused of receiving payments from the firm, including one of £4,000.

Mr Wallace went to the High Court in a statutory appeal against the DfE's insistence on a teaching ban.

He won his case in a ruling handed down in Birmingham by Mr Justice Holgate on Friday.

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