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Please find below the following checks that we will carry out on all of our staff prior to them being placed into any school:

Face to face interviews with all our candidates

All interviews will be carried out by an experienced, trained and skilled education consultant. All interview questions are based around safer recruitment practice.

Full employment history checks

We will account for all employment history including verification of any gaps in employment.

Identification Checks

ID checks of documentation specified by the DfE, REC and the DBS.


Copies will be held on file of all relevant and in date qualifications.

Eligibility to work (ETW) checks

ETW checks will be carried out at the interview stage on all candidates.

Proof of address (POA)

All to be within 3 months and an approved POA.

Employment reference checking

References will be sent to all relevant employers and checked by management before moving on to the next stage of the registration and vetting process. These will all be kept on file and will ask all the relevant safeguarding and disciplinary questions required to work in education.

Disclosure and Barring Service

All candidates will have a DBS that is portable through the DBS Update Service and able to be checked when necessary. (DBS checks will be done every term)

TP online check

TP online is used to check whether a teacher is on the Barred List, maintained by the Department for Education. (Checked every term)

Safeguarding training

All our staff will have at least a Level 1 certificate in Safeguarding as per the DfE’s guidelines.

FE Tutors relevant checks

All FE Tutors / Teachers will be advised to register with the Education and Training Foundation as well as obtaining their QTLS certificate. (Checked every term)

National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)

The National College for Teaching and Leadership will be checked to identify any referrals or restrictions on any QTS or QTLS teachers or tutors. (Checked every term)

Medical questionnaires

All candidates will complete a health questionnaire in accordance with Education 2003 Regulations (Health Standards).

Disqualification by Association

All relevant candidates will complete a Disqualification by Association form as per the DfE guidelines.

We want to make sure we safeguard schools as much as possible. Safeguarding is always at the forefront of our minds when speaking to any potential candidate from the initial registration process throughout their time they are registered with Cumbria Teaching Agency.

To give you extra reassurance, we will always email your school a Safeguarding Certificate (SC) every single time we place a member of our staff in your school. This will include all the checks above which we have carried out throughout the vetting process.

Please find below a link to one of our Safeguarding Certificates for your viewing.

Safeguarding Certificate