What does it check?
We'll check whether an individual has a valid qualified teacher status or is banned, sanctioned or restricted from working in the education sector.
With this check, we’ll confirm whether an individual was awarded a qualified teacher status (QTS) and completed their teacher indiction. We’ll also identify any prohibition, sanction or restriction that may or will affect their ability to carry out certain activities or work in particular roles. The lists this check consults include: • teachers who have failed to successfully complete their induction or probation period • teachers who are the subject of a suspension or conditional order imposed by the General Teaching Council for England (prior to its abolition) • teachers and others who are prohibited from teaching in England • individuals who have been barred from taking part in the management of an independent school (including academies and free schools) (also known as Section 128 check) • teachers sanctioned (since 18 January 2016) in other EEA member states by an EEA member state regulator of the teaching profession Each list describes how the sanction, prohibition or failure to successfully complete their induction or probation affects the type of work the individual can be employed to do. This search is mandatory before appointing a teacher by schools, sixth-form colleges, further education colleges, local authorities and teacher supply agencies in England. It is also mandatory for academies and independent schools before appointing anyone for management roles such as: • Trust members and trustees • Governors who sit on committees or local governing bodies with delegated responsibilities • Headteachers • Teaching positions on the senior leadership team • Teaching positions that carry a department headship • Other roles with management or governance responsibilities