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The Education Act 2011 gives responsibility, from 1 April 2012, to the Secretary of State to regulate the teaching profession and to hold a list of teachers who have been prohibited from teaching.
The Teachers’ Disciplinary (England) Regulations 2012 provide information about the arrangements. The National College for Teaching and Leadership operates the arrangements on behalf of the Secretary of State.
The regulatory arrangements cover cases of serious misconduct, where it is appropriate to make a decision about whether a teacher should be prohibited from teaching. A prohibition order means that the person concerned is not allowed to undertake teaching work in any school, children’s home or youth accommodation in England.
'The prohibition of teachers' document outlines factors and decisions relating to the prohibition of teachers from the teaching profession.
The regulatory arrangements do not cover cases of incompetence or underperformance, or less serious cases of misconduct that are unlikely to lead to a prohibition order; these should be dealt with by those responsible for managing teachers: headteachers and governing bodies.
The regulatory arrangements 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. This includes headteachers and their assistants and deputies.
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Sets out the process for dealing with a case where a teacher has been referred to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for serious misconduct.
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Sets out the legal basis of the process for teacher regulation.
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Current list of professional conduct panel members. Updated October 2013.
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Information about the new Teachers’ Standards effective from 1 September 2012.
Information on how professional conduct hearing panels review teacher misconduct.
Employer access is a free service available for schools, local authorities and teacher supply agencies in England. The service enables employers and potential employers to view the record of any teacher with qualified teacher status (QTS) (with the exception of teachers who have achieved QTS through holding qualified teacher learning and skills (QTLS)) or any teacher with an active restriction (including any teacher with QTLS to whom this applies).