General Teaching Council Northern Ireland

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5. What rights does a teacher have?

GTCNI will carry out an initial screening assessment to ensure that any complaint or allegation falls within our statutory remit and will only consider an allegation that relates to misconduct or conviction of a relevant criminal offence.

We will ensure that any teacher about whom an allegation has been made is fully informed at every step of the process.

A teacher has the right to provide written information to the Investigating Committee and to make a representation at a Conduct Committee hearing, which may include trade union or legal representation.

A decision made by a Conduct Committee to remove a teacher from the Register can be appealed to the High Court within 28 days from the date on which the decision is made.

GTCNI may also review a decision if the evidence or a conviction relevant to a decision to remove a teacher from the Register is overturned or quashed in a court.


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