In England, you can find guidelines on how to complain about a teacher in the complaints procedure published at the school. The policy is a legal requirement.
This guide explains who can make a complaint, how to refer a case of teacher misconduct to the TRA, and what happens if you need to attend a hearing.
You can report teacher misconduct 'informally' in the first instance, by:
Contact the police if you believe a child is in immediate danger!
In fact, anyone can complain about a teacher and report improper behaviour to a school or a sixth-form college. But, you would need to supply some evidence of misconduct that supports your complaint.
Note: United Kingdom law on whistleblowing for employees would protect you against dismissal as a member of the teaching staff.
Employers (including employment or supply agencies) and members of the public must use the correct form to refer an allegation of serious misconduct by an educator in England.
So, what if you are not satisfied with the response after you made an informal complaint? Use the appropriate teacher misconduct referral form to file a formal complaint to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).
The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and the TRA produce further guidelines on how to refer cases of teacher misconduct. The guide contains information on:
Note: Further reading explains how professional conduct hearing panels review teacher misconduct and how it may result in the prohibition of teachers (i.e. being banned from teaching).
Some complaints will be about several teachers (e.g. the school is failing to meet its pupils' education or welfare needs). In this case, you should complain about a school (or childminder) instead.
Note: The master section contains a list of topics covering schools and curriculum for the United Kingdom (e.g. the school leaving age).
Once you have complained about a schoolteacher, the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) will inform you as to whether there will be an investigation or a hearing.
If so, you may need (or choose) to:
Some of the teacher misconduct reporting procedures differ outside of England. You can get further information by contacting:
Procedures for Reporting Teacher Misconduct in United Kingdom