Additional pre-appointment checks on teachers

20 January 2016

With effect from 18 January, any European Economic Area (EEA) authority that has responsibility for regulating the teaching profession imposes a restriction on a person’s ability to work as a teacher, must share this information with all other EEA teacher regulators.

In addition to the normal teacher prohibition pre-appointment checks detailed at part 3 of Keeping Children Safe in Education’ statutory guidance, schools can now use the Employer Access (EA) Online Service to also identify restrictions imposed by all EEA authorities.

Restrictions imposed by another EEA authority do not prevent an individual from taking up teaching positions in England. However, schools should consider the circumstances leading to the restriction when considering a candidate’s suitability. The EA Online Service explains how to get additional information about EEA restrictions.