Teacher still paid after she left

A teacher was mistakenly paid more than £80,000 by Glasgow City Council after she had left to work in another area.

The General Teaching Council for Scotland heard that Bernadine Hunter left Glasgow in 2006 to work at a school in South Lanarkshire.

Mrs Hunter continued to be paid by Glasgow for more than two years, receiving a total of £82,635.

The teacher was not punished after a conduct hearing heard of her difficult personal circumstances.

The panel heard that Ms Hunter's husband opened all her mail and had total control over her financial affairs.

The GTCS committee said Ms Hunter had not personally benefited from the money, which appeared to have been kept by her husband.

It was also pointed out that she had repaid a "substantial" amount of the money and continued to do so.

The hearing's judgement said it was "difficult to understand" why Glasgow City Council had continued to pay Mrs Hunter for two and a half years after she left to work at Coalburn Primary in Lanark.

The judgement said "while not removing any responsibility of the respondent to take appropriate action, the circumstances might not have arisen and any sums involved might have been considerably less had this not happened".

The hearing also heard from William Scott, head teacher at Coalburn, who said Mrs Hunter was "reliable and credible".

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