Privacy notice

Who we are

The Refer serious misconduct by a teacher service is run by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA), an executive agency of the Department for Education (DfE).

Our service allows anyone to refer serious misconduct by a teacher.

For the purpose of data protection legislation, DfE is the data controller for the data we hold and process.

What data we collect

We do not collect any personal data about you when you use this service.

So that our use of your personal data is lawful, we need to meet one (or more) conditions in the data protection legislation. For our service, this is:

  • article 6(1)(e) UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), to perform a public task carried out in the public interest as part of our function as a department

Your data protection rights

You have the right:

  • to ask us what information we hold about you
  • to have your personal data rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete
  • to request the deletion or removal of personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing
  • to restrict our processing of your personal data (for instance allow us to store it but not process it further)
  • to object to direct marketing (including profiling) and processing for the purposes of scientific or historical research and statistics
  • not to be subject to decisions based purely on automated processing where it produces a legal or similarly significant effect on you

If you have any questions about how we’ll use your personal information, email and enter ‘Data protection enquiry’ as a reference.

You can also contact the Data Protection Office by emailing

You can find further information about your data protection rights on the Information Commissioner’s website.

As we have a clear purpose for processing your personal data, we would not explicitly seek your consent to process your data.

If you’re unhappy with our use of your personal data, please email

You can also contact the DfE Data Protection Office:

Deputy Director, Departmental Data Protection Officer
Wellington Place

Alternatively, you have the right to raise any concerns with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Changes to this notice

We’ll update this privacy notice when required. You should review it at least once a year.

This version was last updated on 25 October 2022.