Registration Status - General Teaching Council NI

Registration Status

As an employer you can check on the registration status directly with the Registration Team.

Requests from employers and prospective employers for confirmation of registration status only, can be taken and responded to over the telephone, email, in writing, or in person, subject to the employer providing enough information to fulfil the necessary record identity checks as follows:

  • Teacher’s Full Name; and
  • School Employed at; or
  • Date of Birth; or
  • National Insurance Number; or
  • Teacher Reference Number.

Employers’ Report on a registered teacher

Employers are entitled to request a detailed print–out on a registered teacher. The information that is available to employers is specified in Schedule 2 of the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (Registration of Teachers) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004.

Employers requiring a detailed print–out should make a written request, on their organisation’s official paper, giving the following details:

  • Teacher’s Full Name; and
  • School Employed at; or
  • Date of Birth; or
  • National Insurance Number; or
  • Teacher Reference Number. 

Information supplied to employers and prospective employers is provided for specific purposes and subject to disclosure restrictions:

  • The information supplied shall not be disclosed to any other person other than the teacher or person to whom the information relates; and
  • The information is supplied under the condition that it only used for the purposes of ascertaining the suitability of a person’s employment or prospective employment as a teacher.

Action required if a teacher is not registered with the GTCNI

It is possible, that an employer will be advised that an employee or prospective employee is not registered with the Council. This may be because:

  • The teacher is eligible for registration but has not yet registered. In such cases the teacher must be registered before they take up employment in grant–aided schools. Employers should inform the teacher that he/she should apply for registration with the Council.
  • The teacher is not eligible to register. Any teacher who is not eligible to register should not be employed in grant–aided schools. If the teacher believes they are eligible to register and disagrees with the record held by the Council they should contact the Council who will investigate the matter. Once the case has been investigated, the employer and individual teacher will be notified.

A teacher may be ineligible to register with the Council for a variety of reasons and a teacher may be de–registered as a result of a being placed on a Barred List which means they cannot work with children or vulnerable adults, a Department of Education or GTCNI restriction or the non–payment of the annual registration fee.

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