Teacher misconduct: disciplinary procedures

Guidance on the teacher misconduct regulatory system and disciplinary procedures.

Applies to England


Teacher misconduct: Disciplinary procedures for the teaching profession April 2018

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For cases received prior to 19 May 2020, the procedures dated April 2018 will be followed.

This is for:

  • teachers
  • hearing witnesses
  • employers
  • supply agencies
  • members of the public
  • other relevant organisations

It applies to:

It aims to inform teachers, hearing witnesses and employers (or employment or supply agencies) of what will happen at each stage of the investigation, hearing and decision-making processes.

Please also read ‘Teacher misconduct: the prohibition of teachers’.

The system is operated by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA), an executive agency of the Department for Education, on behalf of the Secretary of State.

Pupil referral units provide education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school.

Non-maintained special schools provide education for children with special educational needs that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996.

Published 2 April 2013
Last updated 20 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Previous procedures added to page for reference.

  2. Full document reviewed and updated May 2020

  3. Slight amendment to wording in section 4.1.

  4. Section 4.1 updated on 18 April 2016.

  5. Updated on 18 April 2016.

  6. This document was updated on 6 February 2015.

  7. This document has been updated on 11 July 2014.

  8. First published.