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20 Jan 2016

New safer recruitment check from 18 January – schools must check teacher restrictions imposed in Europe

An EU directive has introduced a new requirement on European Economic Area (EEA) authorities, which have responsibility for regulating the teaching profession, to share teacher prohibitions/sanctions with other EEA teacher regulators.

As part of this requirement, and to support safer recruitment considerations, from 18 January 2016 a new service functionality has been introduced to Employer Access (EA) Online that will allow schools to identify teacher restrictions imposed by all EEA authorities in addition to the normal teacher prohibition pre-appointment checks detailed at part 3 of Keeping Children Safe in Education’ statutory guidance. EA Online will only show EEA sanctions made after 18 January.

EA Online will be amended late February to include a separate EEA sanction list, in the meantime schools should access the ‘teachers prohibited from the profession’ list to check EEA authority restrictions in force - you can’t use the general search function to identify these restrictions.

Keeping Children Safe in Education will be updated to reflect the new functionality in due course.

Restrictions imposed by another EEA authority do not prevent an individual from taking up teaching positions in England. However, schools should consider the circumstances leading to the restriction when considering a candidate’s suitability. The EA Online service explains how to get additional information about EEA restrictions.

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