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This advice sets out information for witnesses who may be part of the hearing process in a teacher misconduct case. The National College for Teaching and Leadership, an executive agency of the Department, operates as the regulator of the teaching profession on behalf of the Secretary of State.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership only becomes involved in the most serious cases of teacher misconduct, in order to make a decision about whether the teacher should be prohibited from teaching. Less serious cases of misconduct and all cases of incompetence should be dealt with locally.
This advice will be reviewed annually.
This advice is for witnesses to misconduct
The regulatory arrangements discussed in this advice apply to anyone undertaking teaching work in all schools, including independent schools and sixth-form colleges, youth custody settings and children’s homes, in England.
Where an allegation against a teacher is referred to the National College for Teaching and Leadership, the agency will consider whether the teacher:
If the National College for Teaching and Leadership decides that one or more of these applies, and that a prohibition order may be appropriate, it will begin an investigation.
If the investigation suggests that there is a case for the teacher to answer, the National College for Teaching and Leadership will refer the case to a professional conduct panel. In certain circumstances, where the teacher agrees the facts of the case, the case may be considered without a hearing. Otherwise, a panel hearing will be convened.
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Advice for witnesses involved in disciplinary hearings.
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Information on the National College for Teaching and Leadership's regulatory arrangements, in cases of alleged serious misconduct against a teacher.