11 July 2017
The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has extended the use of Employer Access Online, which is accessed via Secure Access. In addition to checking that a new teacher is not subject to a teaching prohibition order, recruiting schools can use the system to check if applicants to management positions are not barred from taking part in the management of an independent school.
Academy trusts should use the service to check new members of governing bodies who are not in regulated activity. This is because they are not eligible for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) barred check list. The extended service supports requirements under Section 128 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 that came into effect in January 2015.
It is not necessary to carry out checks on existing members of governing bodies.
The new service does not replace the existing duty academies have to use the DBS service, including checking the DBS barred list.
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