The Teaching Agency was an executive agency of the Department for Education. It supported the recruitment, training and development of: teachers and instructors; early education and childcare workers; classroom-based support staff; special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs); educational psychologists; and exams officers.
The Teaching Agency was responsible for; the supply, retention and training of the teaching workforce; regulation of teacher conduct; and supporting schools with the administration of exams.
Prior to 1 April 2012, these functions were carried out by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE), the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) and the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA). These bodies were abolished on 31 March 2012.