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National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL)


What is the NCTL?


The National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) is an executive agency which is sponsored by the Department for Education which is designed to monitor and guide teaching to improve academic standards and ensure all support staff and practitioners are appropriately trained for all educational needs.


The NCTL holds the competence authority in England for assigning prospective teacher the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as ensuring enough are trained and brought to qualification level to support the needs of the sector.


What can the NCTL do if there is an allegation of wrong-doing?


The NCTL also regulates those who are registered within their authority, conducting investigations into misconduct allegations and delivering the appropriate disciplinary action as a result. It is not always the case that a concern raised in the form of a referral will lead to a hearing.


If a hearing is necessary, then a three stage investigation will be put in place:


  • Starting with an initial assessment;
  • Then an Interim Prohibition Order (IPO) order will be considered to suspend the teacher from practicing;
  • Before a formal investigation is held in anticipation of the hearing, should one be deemed appropriate.


The Professional Conduct Panel will determine the truth behind the allegation and will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State to decide whether the teaching professional should receive a prohibition order. If approved, the teaching professional will be prohibited from teaching.


How Can Duncan Lewis help me if the NCTL bring proceedings against me?


Duncan Lewis Regulatory Fitness to Practice solicitors understand the way the NCTL conducts disciplinary proceedings and can prepare and advise you when a hearing is called to challenge your fitness to practice. We provide advocacy where needed and make an appeal on your behalf should you wish to appeal against a decision made against your professional conduct.


If you have any professional regulatory queries relating to the National College for Teaching & Leadership, call Duncan Lewis Regulatory Fitness to Practice solicitors on 0333 772 0409.


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