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What’s happening to teacher discipline?

27 July 2011

Following the abolition of the General Teaching Council for England, (GTCE), a consultation document detailing proposed changes to the teacher disciplinary and induction regulations have been released.

As well as dispensing with a register for teachers, another of the proposed features is for employers to decide which cases of ‘serious misconduct’ to refer to the Secretary of State. It is proposed that a new teaching agency will act on behalf of the Secretary of State to undertake the day to day administration of the regulatory processes.

At present all dismissals and issues of misconduct are referred up to the GTCE, who then decide what action to take. If the proposals go through, anything less than the referred cases of ‘serious misconduct’ will be dealt with by the schools themselves. Schools will undoubtedly need guidance on what cases should be referred and how to manage the cases they will be expected to deal with on their own turf.

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