Former General Teaching Council CEO to head new Teaching Regulation Agency

Alan Meyrick, a former chief executive of the General Teaching Council, has been appointed as the new boss of the Teaching Regulation Agency.

The Department for Education has announced Meyrick will be the inaugural chief executive of the TRA, a new executive agency set up to take on the regulatory functions of the National College of Teaching and Leadership, which will close next month.

The TRA will support employers, schools and headteachers with safeguarding and deal with allegations of serious teacher misconduct and pre-recruitment checks. It will also support teachers who qualified outside of England apply for professional recognition in this country.

The teacher recruitment functions of the NCTL will be taken in-house by the DfE.

Meyrick, who ran the GTC from 2011 until it closed in 2012, is currently a deputy director in the teacher services division of the DfE.

He said the TRA will support the teaching profession to “maintain the highest professional standards” including protecting pupils and maintaining public confidence.

“I will lead the agency according to the seven principles of public life, and I want to ensure that all decisions are made fairly and in the public interest,” he said.

Schools minister Nick Gibb said that “proportionate and effective regulation of the teaching profession” is vital in ensuring school standards “continue to rise.”

The NCTL was formed in 2013 through a merger of the National College for School Leadership and the Teaching Agency.