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The National College for Teaching and Leadership, acting on behalf of the Secretary of State, is responsible for investigating allegations of serious misconduct against teachers and headteachers in schools in England. If appropriate, the National College for Teaching and Leadership can prohibit the teacher, meaning the person concerned is not allowed to teach in schools, relevant youth accommodation and children’s homes in England.
Allegations of serious misconduct against a teacher may be referred to the National College for Teaching and Leadership by any of those listed below:
A referral is appropriate if the alleged misconduct is so serious that it warrants a decision on whether the teacher should be prevented from teaching again. Cases of less serious misconduct, and all cases of incompetence, should be dealt with locally by employers. If an allegation is deemed to be such that the teacher should be prevented from teaching until their case has been fully investigated, the National College for Teaching and Leadership can impose an interim prohibition order until the case is concluded.
'The prohibition of teachers' document explains the types of misconduct and relevant offences that may lead to prohibition.
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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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Advice for teachers involved in the disciplinary process.
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To be completed to refer a teacher to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for serious misconduct.
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Sets out the reasons a teacher might be prohibited from teaching.
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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).