Dear Teacher, regulation of teachers. The changes came into effect on 1 April 2012 and are as follows: . The closure of the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) and the establishment of the Teaching Agency. There will be no requirement for teachers to register with the Teaching Agency. The Teaching Agency will hold records of all teachers who are recognised as qualified teachers in England (QTS holders only). Agencies will be able to check for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) /induction status either by asking for certificates or by checking with the Teaching Agency via the online Employer Access service on the Department for Education (DfE) website (users of the former GTCE's employer access online service will be able to log onto the new service using their current username and password). . From 1 April 2012, cases of professional incompetence will be dealt with locally by schools and local authorities and not by the Teaching Agency. The Teaching Agency will deal with cases of serious misconduct where consideration needs to be given as to whether to prohibit the teacher from teaching. This will encompass cases where there is a safeguarding concern as well as misconduct. Referrals should go to both the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and the Teaching Agency and the two agencies will then agree who will lead on the case. . FE Teachers with QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) holders who are also members of the Institute of Learning (IfL) will be recognised as qualified teachers (both conditions must be satisfied). The process for recognition as a qualified teacher for QTLS holders is different to that for other teachers – agencies will need to check with the Institute for Learning that an individual is both a QTLS holder and a member of the Institute for Learning. (Please note that QTLS holders must undertake 30 hours Continual Professional Development (CPD) per year – pro rata if part time – to retain their IfL membership.) . Teachers from the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia will be granted automatic QTS from 1 April 2012 (in exactly the same way that EU candidates can automatically apply) providing they meet all of the conditions in the DfE guidance. They will be exempt from induction but still need to obtain UK Border Agency permission to work in the UK if required. The teachers will need to apply to the Teaching Agency for QTS and if approved, they will be given written confirmation like other QTS holders.