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The contrasting outcomes of recent misconduct cases have raised questions over whether there is a consistent approach to dealing with allegations made against teachers. If you have been found guilty but can boast an exemplary track record – or maybe you just teach a shortage subject – the system may let you back into the classroom, finds Nick Morrison

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Two high-profile headteachers: both garlanded with praise, both nationally recognised for their leadership and both accused of misdemeanours that could have ended their careers. Both were found guilty of conduct that could bring teaching into disrepute, but there the similarity ends. While Liam Nolan was banned from teaching for financial mismanagement, John Tomsett will be able to resume his career, even though he admitted having a relationship with a former pupil shortly after she left school.

Nolan will have to wait for two years before he can apply to work in schools again, after being ...

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