Teacher misconduct

This collection contains information about regulating the teaching profession and the process for dealing with cases of serious misconduct.

This information will be of interest to:

  • employers of teachers (including employment and supply agencies), to help them decide whether an allegation of teacher misconduct is sufficiently serious to be referred to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA)
  • teachers, to help them understand the potential consequences of serious misconduct
  • teachers, witnesses and panel members who are involved in professional conduct hearings
  • members of the public and press, to provide reassurance and transparency around the regulation process
  • anyone considering whether to refer a serious misconduct case


We publish details of forthcoming hearings 5 working days before they are due to take place.

A small number of places are available for members of the press and public to attend professional conduct panel hearings. If you wish to attend as an observer, contact:

  • TRA on 020 7593 5393 (for members of the public)
  • DfE press office on 020 7783 8300 (for journalists)

You must apply in advance of the hearing to guarantee a place.

Regulations and procedures


Information on attending a panel hearing

Published 1 April 2012