A Prohibition from teaching check also referred as a prohibition check covers the requirements for Ofsted and ISI requirements. This check is a requirement for teaching staff in accordance with the “Keeping children safe in education” by the Department for Education guidance.
OnlineSCR provide a certificate to indicate the check has been completed and you can then enter the dates of the check on your single central record (SCR).
OnlineSCR will then carry out the checks on your behalf. Prohibition Check requests received before 2.30pm will normally be processed within the same working day. Any orders received after this time will be processed the next working day. As soon as the checks have been completed, you will receive your results certificate via email. Alternatively, we offer the Fast Track scheme which will guarantee the result is provided within 2 hours of receipt of the order if made between 9am-3pm weekdays (excludes Bank Holidays).
Prohibition requests received before 2.30pm will normally be processed within the same working day. Any orders receieved after this time will be processed the next working day. As soon as the checks have been completed, you will receive your results certificate via email. Alternatively, we offer the Fast Track scheme which will guarantee the result is provided within 2 hours of receipt of the order if made between 9am-3pm weekdays (excludes Bank Holidays).
A prohibition check is a three-point check that looks at the following: –
- Teachers and others prohibited from the teaching profession
- General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) check
- Teachers who have failed induction or probation
Please not that a prohibition check does not include people who have been barred from working with children by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This is a completely separate check; for further information on DBS checks, please click here.
The following organisations must carry out prohibition checks:
- Alternative provision academies
- Independent Schools
- Free Schools
- Maintained Schools
- Pupil referral units
- Non-maintained special schools
- Education Recruitment/Agency companies
The guidance states that any staff that carry out ‘teaching work’ must have a prohibition check carried out against them. Although not mandatory it is a good recruitment practice to carry out prohibition checks on other staff as well. A person that could be prohibited from teaching might conceivably apply for other jobs within the school and not declare this.
‘Teaching work’ means carrying out the following activities:
- Planning and preparing lessons and courses for pupils
- Delivering lessons to pupils, including online or distance learning
- Assessing the development, progress and attainment of pupils
- Reporting on the development, progress and attainment of pupils
Please note: It is not ‘teaching work’ if the person carrying out the work does so under the direction of a teacher, for example, work undertaken by teaching assistants or volunteers.
Although not mandatory it is good recruitment practice to carry out prohibition checks on other staf too. A person that could be prohibited from teaching might conceivably apply for other jobs within the school and not declare this.
- A list of Teachers and others prohibited from the teaching professionThis list contains all people who have a disciplinary sanction prohibiting them from working in the teaching profession.What does it mean “teacher and other are prohibited from the teaching profession”?Any person included on this list with a prohibition order that starts prior to 1st April 2012 is ineligible to teach in any maintained school, pupil referral unit or non-maintained special school. Any person included on this list with a prohibition order that starts on or after 1st April 2012 is ineligible to teach in any school, including independent schools (including academies, 16-19 academies and free schools), local authority-maintained schools and non-maintained special schools as well as sixth form colleges, relevant youth accommodation and children’s homes in England.
- A General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) sanctions checkThis list contains all people who have a general teaching council sanction prohibiting them from working in some education establishments.What does it mean “General teaching Council for England GTCE sanction”?Any person included on this list means they are still subject to disciplinary sanctions from the GTCE. Any person on this list can only teach in maintained schools, pupil referral units and non-maintained special schools subject to the conditions of the sanction. If you are considering employing a teacher subject to a conditional registration order or suspension order, please contact the Teacher Services Division of the National College for Teaching and Leadership on 0207 593 5393 to confirm the current status of the order.
- A list of Teachers who have failed induction or probationThe prohibition check is also a check against the details of all teachers who have failed their statutory induction or probation periods.What does “Teachers who have failed induction or probation mean”? Entry on this list does not mean that a teacher has had a prohibition order applied to them. As a result of failing an induction or probation period any person on this list is ineligible to teach in all maintained schools, pupil referral units and non-maintained special schools in England. However, they are free to work as a teacher in any other school, establishment or capacity where successful completion of an induction period is not an entry requirement.
No, a prohibition check is not the same as an Enhanced DBS check nor a Children’s Barred List check. A prohibition from teaching check is completely separate check.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is responsible for deciding whether an individual should be barred from working with children and vulnerable adults and for maintaining a list of those individuals who are determined to be unsuitable (the barred list). The DBS is also responsible for processing requests for Criminal Records Checks, including those made as part of the checks carried out by schools prior to appointing staff. The DBS will consider cases that concern safeguarding matters (i.e. harm or the risk of harm to a child), barring individuals from working with children where appropriate. When considering whether to bar a teacher, the criteria used by the DBS differ from those used by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). Where the DBS has decided a case does not meet its criteria for barring, the NCTL can still decide to refer the case to a professional conduct panel for its consideration.
For more information on DBS checks please click here:
A prohibition order means that the person concerned is not allowed to undertake unsupervised teaching work in schools or the other settings set out above. Where an individual is prohibited, their details will appear on the Prohibited List. A prohibition order is likely to be appropriate when the behaviour of the person concerned has been fundamentally incompatible with being a teacher. The primary purpose of a prohibition order is to protect pupils, maintain public confidence in the teaching profession and uphold proper standards of conduct, referred to as, public interest.
A prohibition order is a lifetime ban, though in some circumstances the teacher may be able to make a request to have it reviewed after a specified period of time.
Although not mandatory but the NCTL expert team recommend carrying out prohibition checks at least once a year, this would be good safeguarding to adapt this procedure.
These checks form part of the Department for Education “Keeping Children Safe in Education” statutory guidance for schools and colleges as part of their safer recruitment, selection and pre-employment vetting.
Yes, the prohibition check should have been completed and recorded on the Single Central Record for all NEW staff who have Qualified Teacher Status since September 2013. For all staff prior to this date you will need to enter something on your Single Central Record to reflect this e.g. Not required.