As of 1st April 2018, the regulation of the teaching profession in England will be dealt with by Teaching Regulation Agency (the “TRA”). The TRA is an executive agency of the Department of Education (the “Department”). All other functions of the former regulator, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (the “NCTL”) have been transferred to the Department.
The TRA has published a Corporate Plan which details the organisations priorities and programmes of work from establishment (01 April 2018) to 31 March 2021. The Corporate Plan details the TRA’s vision statement as follows;
“We will strive to achieve excellence in all that we do, delivering a fair and consistent regulatory system for the teaching profession on behalf of the Secretary of State. We will assess applications for recognition of professional status fairly and efficiently. We will support the teaching profession by ensuring high standards of conduct are maintained, by fair, rigorous and timely teacher misconduct investigations, that where appropriate, prohibit teachers guilty of serious misconduct. We will work to maintain the high quality standards of the profession, allowing every child access to high quality education.”
The TRA’s functions are divided between two operational teams, which are the Teacher Qualification Unit and the Teacher Misconduct Unit.
The Corporate Plan details the objectives of the Teacher Qualification Unit for 2018/2019, as follows;
The Teacher Misconduct Unit is responsible for the receipt of referrals, investigations, applying for interim prohibition orders and the preparation of cases for hearing before the Professional Conduct Panel.
The Corporate Plan details that it is expected that the scale of operation for the Teacher Qualification Unit and the Teacher Misconduct Unit for 2018/2019 will include the following;
The TRA’s Corporate Plan can be accessed here.
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