A FORMER Lode Heath School assistant head has been awarded nearly £15,000 for unfair dismissal by a Birmingham Employment Tribunal.
Michael Oldham, who had worked for the Solihull school for 12 years, was dismissed by Solihull Council after a dispute over a school course.
The payout would have been almost double, but the tribunal ruled Mr Oldham, who specialised in science, had contributed to his dismissal.
The tribunal was told at a previous hearing that Mr Oldham was dismissed for misconduct after he failed to carry out the correct procedures in running an applied science course for pupils.
Mr Oldham admitted he had been in dispute with the school head and said there had been problems in running the course for 28 pupils in year 11.
He said he had taken over the course from someone else but despite the problems, the pupils’ results had been good. He had made a claim for unfair dismissal and accused the school of not providing enough evidence.
The tribunal decided Mr Oldham had been unfairly dismissed and adjourned the previous hearing to decide how much compensation he should receive.
At the latest hearing, tribunal chairwoman Sheila Warren awarded Mr Oldham £14,985 after deducting 45 per cent for contributing to his dismissal. She said: “The outcome should not have resulted in dismissal. But Mr Oldham did not handle the course properly, failed to keep other teachers and the management up to date and failed to co-operate.”
Mrs Warren said the award included compensation for loss of earnings. Mr Oldham, who earned £636 a week at the school, is now working as a supply teacher outside the borough.