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Teachers: Standards

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms are in place for the removal of teachers deemed to be incompetent in the classroom; and what role the General Teaching Council has in such procedures. (202545)

We have introduced a revised performance management regime to support the on-going professional development of teachers. Classroom observations are a part of this process, and where significant weaknesses have been identified which performance management has been unable to address, teachers become subject to a school's capability procedures. The point at which this happens is determined locally.

The School Staffing (England) Regulations 2003 require governing bodies to establish procedures for the regulation of the conduct and discipline of staff and for dealing with lack of capability on the part of staff and set out the processes governing bodies, in their role as employers, should follow in relation to the dismissal of staff.

Where an employer dismisses a teacher on grounds of competency, they are required to notify the GTCE so the GTCE can consider—following investigation by them—action to remove the teacher from their register—which would effectively bar them from teaching in maintained schools. They should also notify the GTCE of instances where a teacher has resigned in circumstances where they would have been dismissed for that reason or consideration would have been given to their dismissal had they remained in post.