Cases & Press Reports

Every week a teacher is banned without a hearing or right of appeal

51 Interim Prohibition Orders (IPOs) were imposed by the Teaching Regulation Agency in 2018 -19.  The process is both swift and punitive but also (we think) unfair and probably unlawful.  The TRA allow only 10 days to gather your evidence and submit your response. ...

TRA updated procedures – the good and the less good

As our clients know, teacher regulation is often a slow process. The TRA have been working on an update to their procedural rules for around 3 years. They finally published them on 16 May 2020 and they can be read here. We have been involved in the consultations...

Teachers unfairly fired – for excellent SATs results

The press report into this case is here: Hertfordshire teachers win tribunal after being sacked for unexpectedly high SATS results We should immediately make clear that this great result at Employment Tribunal was not our work, but this case does illustrate how...

Serious allegations but no case to answer

Teachers prosecuted by the Teaching Regulation Agency have their cases sifted to see of there is a case to answer.  This happens at a “Determination Meeting” where non-lawyer civil servants examine the papers and decide whether the allegations are both serious and...

Teacher prosecution dismissed

Recently a long-running case come to a successful conclusion. It illustrates both the strengths and weaknesses of the regulatory system.  Our client had, for whatever reason, fallen out of favour with his employer. As is often the case in such situations the...

Inappropriate science teacher avoids ban

A teacher who tapped a pupil's bottom with rolled-up papers, told her she had "enormous" breasts, said he was "distracted" by her short skirt and missed her 'magic fingers' can stay in profession. Read more here

Affair Headteacher to return to work

A Headteacher who went through a misconduct hearing into an affair with a former pupil in the 1990s is to return to work at a York school. City of York Council said John Tomsett will start a phased return to the role of headteacher at Huntington School on January 7,...