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Advice for teachers

When you attend your interview with us, we will need to see documentation that:

Shows you have a right to work in the UK
Shows you have all the qualifications on your CV which are relevant to the role you are applying for.
Allows us to complete a DBS check if you don’t have a DBS certificate registered on the Update Service. Even if your DBS is registered on the Update Service, please read to the end of this page, as there are some circumstances in which we will still need to apply for a new DBS check for you.
Please note: If different names are used across any of your documents you will need to bring an additional document showing the reason for the change of name (e.g. a marriage certificate, divorce decree or deed poll).

All documents you bring must be the original copies (not photocopies).

1. Proof that you have a legal right to work in the UK

This is often a passport or residence permit, however there are a number of documents you can use as evidence of your right to work in the UK. Please click here to read more about what documents we can accept and to check yours is suitable.

2. Proof of the qualifications you hold:

Please bring the original certificates for any teaching qualifications you told us about on your application form (for example your QTS certificate) and for any qualifications you would like us to include on your profile. If you’re a teacher and have completed your induction year, it will speed up your application later if you can also bring your induction certificate.

3. DBS check:

If your DBS certificate is registered on the Update Service, please check that it isn’t a volunteer DBS. If your DBS certificate has ‘No DBS fee charged’ written on it, your DBS certificate is a volunteer DBS and we’ll apply for a new DBS for you.

Please also check whether your DBS is for the Child and Adult Workforce or for the Child Workforce only. If you’re planning to work with secondary school students in SEN schools with us, you’ll need a DBS for the Adult and Child Workforce. You’ll need to have previous experience in SEN schools, or extensive experience supporting SEN students, to work in SEN schools.

If you won’t need a new certificate, please bring your original certificate with you to interview.

If your certificate was issued in the past 30 days and isn’t registered on the Update Service, you still have time to register it.

If you don’t have a DBS for the correct workforce registered on the Update Service, we will need to see three documents in order to apply for a new DBS for you. At least one of these documents must show your current address. You can either bring one document from List A below and two from List B, or two documents from List A and one from List B:

List A

Any current, valid passport
A current driving license photocard (UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and EU)
A biometric residence permit (UK)
A birth certificate issued within 12 months of birth, which shows at least one of your parents’ names (UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands, including those issued by UK authorities overseas).
An adoption certificate (UK and Channel Islands)

List B

A utility bill (not a mobile phone bill) issued in the last 3 months (UK)
A P45 or P60 statement issued in the last 12 months (UK and Channel Islands)
A council tax statement issued in the last 12 months (UK and Channel Islands)
A bank or building society statement, issued in the last 3 months (UK and Channel Islands)
A Mortgage Statement issued in the last 12 months (UK or EEA)
A bank or building society account opening confirmation letter issued in the last 3 months (UK)
A credit card statement issued in the last 3 months (UK)
A financial statement, for example pension or endowment, issued in the last 12 months (UK)
A benefit statement, for example Child Benefit, issued in the last 3 months (UK)

If you’re not able to provide three documents from these lists, please check what other documents we can accept here: https://www.gov.uk/criminal-record-check-documents