Supplementary Advice to KCSiE
ISC has been working closely with DfE on the supplementary advice that was published in October which caused some concern in our schools.
ISC was on the stakeholder group that provided detailed comment to DfE on how to make the guidance clearer and more closely aligned with the law. DfE has now accepted that the offence within the legislation is knowingly employing someone that is disqualified. DfE has therefore confirmed that self-declarations are simply one way in which schools can make staff aware of the legislation and are not a legal requirement. The revised guidance was published last week and whilst it is a marked improvement on the previous advice, there are still some inconsistencies and points of concern on which ISC is seeking clarification and amendment from DfE.
In the longer term, ISC will be lobbying on removing schools from the disqualification regulations altogether given that DBS checks should be sufficient to check the suitability of staff and the 'by association' aspect is only relevant to provision on domestic premises.
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