Teaching Regulation Agency - Professional Conduct Panel - Panellists

Body: Department for Education
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Culture, Media & Sport, Defence, Education, Energy, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Health, International, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation, Science & Technology, Transport
Location: England
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, HR, Insurance, International Experience, IT / Digital, Legal / Judicial, Major Projects, Procurement, Regulation, Retail, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 70
Remuneration: These are unpaid, voluntary positions. Panellists will be eligible to claim expenses for travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred while on panellist duty. Please note that schools that have to hire a supply teacher to cover a person’s attendance at a hearing will be reimbursed up to a maximum of £250 per day.
Time Requirements: Panellists will be expected to sit between 12 and 20 days per year. The majority of PCP hearings will last between 3 and 5 days. However, more complex cases may require the PCP to sit for 10 days or more.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    09/08/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    Sifting will take place between the 5th and 21st August 2019

  • Final Interview Date

    Interviews will take place between the 9th September and the 18th October.

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Under the Education Act 2002, the Secretary of State for Education has responsibility to regulate teachers’ conduct and to hold a list of teachers who have been prohibited from teaching. The Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) operates the regulatory system on his behalf and within the framework provided under the Teachers’ Disciplinary (England) Regulations 2012. The purpose of this arrangement is to protect pupils, maintain public confidence in the teaching profession and uphold high standards of teacher conduct.

To carry out this function, teacher and lay panellists are appointed by the Secretary of State to sit on Professional Conduct Panels (PCPs). The PCPs are convened to hear and consider only the most serious allegations against teachers and then to determine whether a recommendation for prohibition should be made to the Secretary of State.

Successful applicants will be required to sit as one of three PCP panellists to consider allegations of serious misconduct referred to the Secretary of State by employers, the police, the Disclosure and Barring Service, other regulators and the public. The PCP will consider the evidence and determine whether the facts in the case are proven and if it amounts to unacceptable professional conduct, conduct that brings the profession into disrepute and/or conviction of a relevant offence. The PCP will make recommendations to the Secretary of State as to whether or not a teacher should be prohibited from teaching.

Person Specification

Applicants should have the ability to manage complex, sensitive and confidential information in a fair and balanced way to arrive at well judged and reasonable decisions.

Additional Information

The Department for Education is committed to the principle of making public appointments based on merit with openness, fairness and equal opportunity for all. Applications are welcome from all, but we particularly encourage applications from women, people from an ethnic minority, people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups.

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