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Schools and colleges must perform a number of checks when appointing staff to work at their school.

These checks include the following:

  • For teachers who will be engaging in ‘regulated activity’, schools and colleges must obtain a certificate for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check with barred list information; 
  • Schools and colleges must also check whether any candidate to be employed as a teacher is not subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State, using the Employer Access Online Service (This link opens in a new window); and
  • Schools and colleges can also undertake a TP Online check. This service is used to check whether a teacher is barred from teaching so they can commence work pending the issue of their enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.  

Access to TP Online is granted by applying for downloading a digital certificate to ensure you can perform checks. To access TP Online please download and complete the TP Online application form.

For full details of the checks that must be carried out on school staff please refer to the Department for Education’s statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (This link opens in a new window) further information about DBS checks can be obtained via Gov.UK (This link opens in a new window).

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018. These changes were put in place to strengthen your privacy rights and as part of our ongoing commitment to be transparent about how we use and protect TP Online user personal details please read the privacy notice provided by the Department for Education.

Last Updated: 27/11/2019 11:47