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1 Dec 2014

Keeping children safe in education 

The new advice is currently non-statutory but will eventually form part of KCSiE and become statutory guidance. Also see updates on prohibition from teaching checks.

Supplementary Advice

The new advice is currently non-statutory but will eventually form part of KCSiE and become statutory guidance.

Schools that have already begun to implement the advice by requesting that staff complete self-declarations or similar and have been presented with information that is of concern should send the information to DfE's disqualification inbox (mailbox.disqualification@education.gsi.gov.uk) for further guidance and advice.

Should a situation arise in which a staff member could be disqualified (by association or otherwise) members are encouraged to contact the DfE on the email above for further advice as they may be eligible for a waiver. Ofsted is currently responsible for dealing with applications for waivers.

ISC remains in close contact with DfE about the proposals under KCSiE and as soon as we have further information we will circulate this to schools. ISC is also making contact with colleagues in the maintained sector to share best practice. Schools that have specific concerns about the advice can e-mail legal@isc.co.uk.

Separately, ISI has issued an update to schools on the impact of the advice on inspections.

Prohibition from teaching checks

ISC has received several queries regarding the prohibition checks that have been required since KCSiE was published in April this year. The prohibition list is separate to the DBS and barred list checks that are also required.

DfE has confirmed that a Teacher Reference Number is not required to check the list. A full list of teachers currently prohibited is available to view on the Employer Access service. ISC are advised that once a user logs into the service, there is a link on the home page called 'Teachers who are prohibited from teaching'. The list contains the name and date of birth of any person who has been prohibited regardless of whether they are a qualified teacher or not.

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Identification Checking Guidelines

Information from the Disclosure and Barring Service on the changes to the list of documents the applicant must provide.