Teacher misconduct: the prohibition of teachers

Teacher misconduct: the prohibition of teachers

Departmental advice on how professional conduct hearing panels review teacher misconduct.

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This departmental advice is for:

  • panel members
  • teaching agency staff
  • employers of teachers (including agencies)
  • teachers
  • panel witnesses
  • members of the public
  • anyone undertaking teaching work

It applies to:

  • maintained schools
  • academies and free schools
  • pupil referral units
  • non-maintained special schools
  • independent schools
  • sixth-form colleges
  • further education colleges
  • youth custody settings
  • children’s homes

This advice provides information on the professional conduct panel decision-making criteria. The panels are held as a result of teacher disciplinary action and for the purpose of the regulation of teacher conduct.

Its primary purpose is to inform considerations leading to the decision to recommend the imposition of a prohibition order on a teacher following a finding of:

  • unacceptable professional conduct
  • conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute
  • conviction, at any time, of a relevant criminal offence
  • This advice is reviewed annually.