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Teachers and tutors

The teaching profession is regulated separately in England and Wales (and now Wales has its own legislation), Northern Ireland and Scotland. It would appear that there is no legal status for a “tutor” in the sense of a teacher hired privately by an individual for himself or a child. However, it seems that a tutor in this sense may amount to a private “school” in Scotland (see: Education)

England
Teachers at independent schools are not required to be qualified [but in practice usually are]. Teachers in state schools are no longer required to be registered with the Department of Education and Skills (“DES”) but must be qualified (Education Act 2011 Part 3 (ss 7–19)).
As from 1 April 2012, the General Teaching Council for England was replaced by the Teaching Agency, an executive agency of the DES. The DES no longer maintains a register of teachers but must keep a list available for public inspection containing the names of teachers who have been prohibited from teaching and the names of persons who have failed the teacher induction period.

For further information, visit the Teaching Agency pages.

Northern Ireland
Teachers at grant maintained schools must be registered with the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (see the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1998).

For further information, visit the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland

Scotland
Teachers employed by local authorities must be registered with the General Counsel for Teaching Scotland (“GTCS”).

For further information, visit the GTCS website

Wales
Teachers in state schools must be registered with the General Teaching Council for Wales (see the Education (Specified Work and Registration) (Wales) Regulations 2010).

For further information, visit the General Teaching Council for Wales



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