About us

We have responsibility for the regulation of the teaching profession, including misconduct hearings and the maintenance of the database of qualified teachers.

About us

We take action on receipt of allegations of serious teacher misconduct, and support employers, schools and headteachers with safeguarding responsibilities. We provide employers with access to the database of qualified teachers (DQT) so they can complete pre-recruitment checks to ensure that they are employing teachers who are not prohibited from teaching and who are appropriately qualified for their role. We act on behalf of the Secretary of State as the competent authority for teaching in England. This role includes the recognition of the professional status of appropriately-qualified teachers from outside England and the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

Who we are

We’re an executive agency of the Department for Education, based in Coventry.

Our responsibilities

We’re responsible for

  • maintaining the database of qualified teachers in England as a digital-by-default system to allow employers to complete pre-recruitment checks, including safeguarding checks, and provide a self-service function for teachers to access certificates.
  • issuing a teacher reference number (TRN) to all teachers undertaking initial teacher training (ITT), or early years initial teacher training (EYITT) in England and any individual whose details are added to the database of qualified teachers.
  • awarding qualified teacher status to teachers who successfully complete ITT, and early years teacher status (EYTS) to teachers who successfully complete EYITT.
  • recording the results of mandatory induction.
  • acting on behalf of the Secretary of State as the competent authority for teaching in England. This includes the award of QTS to fully qualified teachers from the EEA, under EU Directive 2005/36/EC, fully-qualified teachers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA and teachers trained within the United Kingdom.
  • holding details of teachers who have been prohibited from teaching or hold a sanction from the Secretary of State.
  • operating the regulatory system for all teacher misconduct as defined by The Teachers’ Disciplinary (England) Regulations 2012 and the Teacher Misconduct: Disciplinary procedures for the teaching profession. This includes:
    • investigating all cases of misconduct received and progressing those cases assessed to be serious enough to result in prohibition, if proven, through to hearing.
    • considering and making decisions on whether an interim prohibition order should be imposed to prevent a person working whilst an investigation is carried out.
    • administering the hearing process and procedures, ensuring the constitution of the professional conduct panel reflects regulation and guidelines.
    • acting as decision maker on behalf of the Secretary of State to consider the professional conduct panel’s recommendation and determine whether a prohibition order is appropriate. The decision maker will also decide whether a teacher may apply for a review of the order.

More information about the purpose of the Teaching Regulation Agency is in our corporate plan.

The Teaching Regulation Agency, GDPR and your data.