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Disqualification law to be scrapped?

17 March 2015

The TES reports that the law that is causing primary schools up and down the country to carry out unnecessary checks on its early years staff should be scrapped.

I doubt we will hear anyone argue to the contrary, but we may hear some people ask why it cannot be done immediately. The suggestion that purdah limits the opportunity to do so is a valid argument to run now; it had no such validity in October 2014 when the DfE first issued its ‘advice’ on disqualification. Had they acted swiftly, this problem would have been solved painlessly by now.

So this leaves us in the same position: for this academic year at least primary schools will need to comply with the current disqualification guidance, which still contains areas of ambiguity and a need to understand the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Our tool kit can help you navigate through it.

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