The government’s decision to allow individual schools to recruit teachers in lieu of recruitment specialists means 1,500 teachers with criminal convictions applied for jobs last year, according to TLTP Education. This is from the Information Daily…
The London Teaching Pool (TLTP Education), a leading UK education recruitment company, has raised fears that the recruitment of teachers by individual schools means that stringent candidate suitability checks are not being carried out.
A report by the Daily Mail alleged that candidates for teaching jobs last year included 1,500 people with criminal convictions, including serious offences such as attempted murder, ABH, burglary and sexual offences.
TLTP’s Managing Director, Darryl Mydat blames “the government’s flagship reform of teacher training”, which he says puts “the onus on schools to recruit new staff through the School Direct programme”, meaning that many of the precautions that recruitment specialists take are not being carried out.
“TLTP and other reputable educational recruitment agencies undertake, as a matter of course, a full background check on all candidates”, he says.
“This includes enhanced CRB checks, checks against List 99 for people deemed not suitable to work with children in schools, a minimum of two references, photo ID checks, confirmation of their right to work, checks on utility bills and passports, with the General Teaching Council or similar and that’s outside of our mandatory face to face interviews.
“Schools have neither the time nor the capacity to be that thorough.”
Do you agree that direct recruitment of teaching staff by individual schools and through the School Direct programme will mean proper suitability tests are not always carried out? Or is this scaremongering by a vested interest? Please share your thoughts in the comments or on twitter…