See below 5 essential checks you must perform before employing a new teacher.

If you want your school to arm children with the skills they need to thrive later in life, you need to employ fully qualified, experienced and passionate teachers with the correct checks..

However, while checking for teacher’s credentials is crucial, there are other pre-employment checks you need to carry out. The easiest way to make sure a teacher is eligible to work at your school is to invest in a Single Central Record, which can not only perform the relevant checks but also store all your information in one place.

1. DBS Check

Carrying out an enhanced DBS check on new teachers is an Ofsted requirement. It is designed to protect children by preventing unsuitable candidates from entering the workforce. If an individual fails the DBS check, they will be on the children’s barred list, which means they are not allowed to work with young people. Hiring anybody on the children’s barred list is prohibited.

2. European Economic Area (EEA) Check

EEA checks help you find out whether a teacher who gained their qualifications in any EEA-member state has received any restrictions regarding teaching. EEA countries include EU-member states as well as Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

3. Prohibition Check

Prohibition checks must be carried out as part of the pre-employment checking process according to ISI and Ofsted requirements. This check ensures candidate teachers are not prohibited from teaching.

4. Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Checks

The Qualified Teacher Status Check is concerned with making sure the teacher you want to hire is actually qualified to teach according to the minimum qualification requirements in England and Wales.

5. Section 128 Checks

The Section 128 check is essential because it will tell you whether a candidate has been barred from taking part in the management of any independent school (including free schools and academies).


Single Central Record can complete any of the educational recruitment checks above within 24 hours, as well as provide you with a system to keep all the checks updated and in one place.


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