Details of the outcome of a professional conduct panel hearing will be published on the Department's website approximately 10 working days after the hearing has concluded.
If the panel decides that there has been unacceptable professional conduct, conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute or a conviction, at any time, of a relevant criminal offence, it will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State who will decide whether a prohibition order is appropriate and any terms associated with it.
The teacher will be notified prior to the full written decision being published on the Department’s website by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
When the Secretary of State decides that a prohibition order is appropriate, the prohibition applies for life. However, in some circumstances, the Secretary of State may decide to allow a teacher to apply to have the prohibition order reviewed after a specified period of time, following a recommendation by the professional conduct panel. The minimum period will not be less than two years.
If a prohibition order is imposed, the individual’s name will appear on the prohibited list. Information on the list will be available to employers online and to members of the public on application to the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
The Department’s website also records outcomes of professional conduct panel hearings held since May 2012. It includes findings of unacceptable professional conduct, conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute and relevant convictions.
If a professional conduct panel hearing concludes without finding against a teacher, a statement to that effect can be published on the Department’s website at the teacher’s request.
A teacher may appeal against a prohibition order imposed by the Secretary of State to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court under Part 52 of the Civil Procedure Rules within 28 days of the date a notice of the Order was served on them.
All enquiries from members of the press should be made to the central newsdesk.
This information is general, and, in all circumstances, The Teachers’ Disciplinary (England) Regulations 2012, under which the National College for Teaching and Leadership operates the regulatory arrangements on behalf of the Secretary of State, take precedence.
A teacher may make an application to have a prohibition order reviewed. If the application is successful and the panel are satisfied the order should be set aside, a recommendation is made to the Secretary of State. If the application is refused, no further applications may be made within twelve months of the date on which the application was made, or a longer time limit as the Secretary of State may determine. Since May 2012, all applications and decisions to have a prohibition order set aside are published on the Department’s website.
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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.
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).