Guide to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA)

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What is the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA)?

The Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) is an executive agency of the Department for Education (DfE). The TRA was formally known as the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

The function of the TRA is to investigate and take appropriate action following allegations of serious misconduct by teachers. Allegations that are not serious should be dealt with by the teacher’s school.


Who is regulated by the TRA?

The TRA regulates teachers working in schools, including academies, independent schools, sixth form colleges, youth custody settings and children’s homes.


What is the role of the TRA’s Professional Conduct Panel?

The role of the TRA’s Professional Conduct Panel is to hear evidence and make factual decisions regarding the allegations against the teacher and then to decide whether it is necessary to recommend to the Secretary of State that a teacher is made the subject of a prohibition order, preventing them from teaching.


Find out more

If you want to learn more about the TRA, take a look at these pages that go into more depth on specific topics:

Written by Marie Dancer

Since joining Richard Nelson LLP in 2003, Marie Dancer became a Partner in 2009 before becoming the Managing Partner in 2015. Marie is a highly regarded professional disciplinary lawyer who defends a variety of healthcare and teaching professionals in fitness to practise investigations.

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