National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)
Our team of specialist regulatory Solicitors pride themselves on representing Teachers against the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
The NCTL is an executive agency of the Department for Education which supports the quality and status of the teaching profession by ensuring that in cases of serious professional misconduct, teachers are prohibited from teaching. It therefore investigates the most serious of cases which could result in the Secretary of State issuing a teacher with a Prohibition Order. This prohibits the teacher from practising for either an indefinite period or for a minimum period of two years, following which there is a right to request a review.
The NCTL first investigates the case and provides the teacher with the opportunity to submit written submissions in order to respond to the allegations. The Determinations Team at the NCTL decides whether or not the case should proceed to a Professional Misconduct Panel (‘the Panel’) which results in a full ‘trial’ often including witnesses.
These matters are an understandable source of distress to teachers who often have an unblemished professional record up to the time that the NCTL becomes involved and whose entire career could be in the balance. Actively engaging and responding to the NCTL and cooperating with timescales is of paramount importance.
We are extremely experienced in advising on all legal aspects involved in cases referred to the NCTL and, in the event that the case is not settled at the stage of responding to the allegations, we are experienced in supporting a teacher up to and including the end of the process.
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