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The Faculty takes safeguarding issues very seriously and all trainees must obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) prior to the start of the course.

They also required to sign a “Disqualification by Association Declaration” and are subject to a check of the DfE Barred Lists to ensure that they, or someone they live with, are not disqualified from teaching. Applicants who do not satisfactorily complete this process prior to the start of the course will not be admitted to the course.

In the event of a disclosure that contains information about a previous conviction or caution, the disclosure will be reviewed by the Faculty of Education to ascertain whether the offence will prevent admission to the course. Please be aware that the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1975) does not apply to those applying to the teaching profession and that criminal convictions or cautions, may never be considered "spent".

You should be aware that any previous convictions related to drug offences, violence or sexual abuse would be a matter of concern for your future employer and may debar you from entering the teaching profession. If, in relation to this, you are in any doubt about your future employment prospects, you may wish to contact your local education authority to seek some advice.

DBS check

From 1st October 2019, the DBS check will cost £40 and this fee is payable by the applicant themselves. If you have already got an Enhanced DBS Disclosure that covers working with children, you will not be required to obtain another one as long as you have subscribed to the DBS Update Service. If you have not subscribed to the Update Service, you will have to apply for another Disclosure.

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If you have lived abroad for more than 6 or more months continuously in the last 5 years, you will also be required to obtain the equivalent disclosure/police check from that country.

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