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New disqualification rules for primaries

3 December 2014

On 13 October 2014 the DfE released new ‘advice’ which sets out that staff at primary schools – and other schools in some circumstances – can now be disqualified as a result not only of their own criminal history but also the criminal history of those they live with.

The NAHT have described it as a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’. I question whether this should apply to mainstream education at all and further question whether this was appropriately planned. Regardless, those affected – primary schools mainly – now need to act.

The advice does not provide a pro forma declaration for schools or even set out the questions schools are expected to ask, but given that this requirement has been in force since 1 September 2014, schools need to understand the advice and act now.

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