Allegations of misconduct can have a profound impact on a teacher’s career, reputation, and personal life. Therefore, it is important to approach Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA), formerly the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), investigations and hearings with the right support and attitude, as the TRA can impose a Prohibition Order on your registration, which could be devastating for your career.
You may also be a disqualified teacher under the Childcare Act 2006 and the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009. This may be the case as a result of your own conviction, inclusion on the Disclosure and Barring List, or simply because you live in the same household where a disqualified person either lives or is employed. Burton Copeland can assist you if you fall into any one of these categories.
At Burton Copeland, our professional discipline lawyers have helped many teachers at all stages of proceedings, from initial referral all the way through to Professional Conduct Panel hearings, by providing comprehensive legal advice and support. To speak to a member of the team, call our Manchester office on 0161 827 9500, or complete our online form and we will contact you.
Professional discipline services
Our solicitors can provide guidance whatever the circumstances of your investigation may be. We have assisted teachers employed by a local council, as well as those who work for private educational establishments by:
- Preparing responses to the NCTL/TRA on their behalf
- Negotiating the Statement of Agreed Facts
- Negotiating management of the case by way of private meeting or public hearing
- Preparing for and providing representation at interim proceedings and NCTL/TRA hearings
- Appealing NCTL/TRA decisions
- Applying to the Secretary of State for the removal of a Prohibition Order
- Representing teachers at the police station
- Advising and representing teachers in relation to internal disciplinary investigations and hearings
- Preparing and representing teachers at hearings in the criminal courts
- Preparing for and applying for an OFSTED waiver from disqualification
- Preparing for and representing teachers at OFSTED meetings
- Preparing for and representing teachers at First Tier Tribunal Appeal hearings should OFSTED decline an application for a waiver from disqualification
- Preparing representations on your behalf to be submitted to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to prevent inclusion on either of the barred lists
Why Burton Copeland?
We have many years of experience in cases involving teachers who have been accused of misconduct and our regulatory lawyers will leave no stone uncovered when it comes to preparing your defence.
Our team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure we are with you every step of the way, and we are able to provide assistance when you need it most. We handle all cases with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality.
Contact us today
If you have been accused of misconduct, are facing an NCTL/TRA hearing or criminal investigation, inclusion in one of the DBS barred lists, or a disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 and require legal representation you can trust, get in touch with Burton Copeland today.
You can either call us during office hours on 0161 827 9500, or, at any other time, on 0161 832 7834. Alternatively, fill in our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.