Former academy head who gave contract to mother’s firm banned from teaching

Thomas Marshall failed to tell trustees at the Baverstock Academy in Birmingham that he was related to the owner of Stone Educational Consultants.The school spent £94,680 with the firm which was run solely by his mother, between February 2012 and May 2015. Their relationship was never disclosed.

Now the 50-year-old who starred in a BBC Panorama documentary, has been banned  for improperly awarding contracts and not following proper recruitment procedures by a professional conduct panel

Mr Marshall also hired three employees without following proper recruitment processes – including the recruitment of his brother, which he had failed to declare, despite his family connection.

The panel found Mr Marshall’s personal involvement in the recruitment of his brother into a salaried role in 2014 was “sufficiently serious to amount to unacceptable professional conduct.”

The panel concluded that “the repeated failure” by Mr Marshall “and his overall lack of insight and remorse” was a significant factor in its decision to ban the headteacher from teaching.