Teacher Booker Safeguarding & Vetting Policy
Keeping children safe is of the utmost importance to us. We have a clear, fair and transparent vetting procedure. Here is an overview of our process.
We designed this process in collaboration with experienced teachers and schools. When conducting background checks on candidates we make use of the following external services and resources, amongst others:
- National College of Teaching and Leadership
- Disclosure and Barring Service
- Keeping Children Safe in Education (Government document)
- UK Visa and Immigration Service
All candidates are processed through a rigorous vetting procedure that is formally documented on our database at each step. Our goal is to identify teachers and support staff who we are confident will be able to provide safe, engaging and stimulating teaching services to pupils of all abilities.
This procedure is outlined below.
- We look for evidence of relevant and substantive experience and a demonstration of good written English, scoring these areas according to our guidelines.
- CVs we find to be lacking in either of these regards are given personalised feedback and a redraft is requested.
At interview we assess a candidate’s knowledge of safeguarding concepts, strategies and procedures, and best practice and motivations. We also assess for verbal communication skills and self-presentation.
We conduct a detailed reference check to verify a candidate’s experience and skills.
ID and DBS background check
An Enhanced DBS Certificate with a Children’s Barred List check is conducted on all candidates before they are able to accept work through Teacher Booker. Candidates are encouraged to register with the Update Service and a maximum of 18 months may elapse since the date of the check before a candidate’s profile is suspended. Reminders are sent out to renew at 6 and 12 months.
Where applicable (i.e. this step is not required for support staff) a candidate’s qualifications are verified against the NCTL’s database or with the awarding body. Teachers without QTS are encouraged to acquire it. Teachers are labelled in the app with their current qualification status (QTS/QTLS/NQT/EEA/OTT etc)
Profile consistency checks
Once all background checks have been completed, a candidate’s profile is checked for consistency with the documentation they have provided.
All of these documents are scanned and held on file:
- Enhanced DBS Certificate with a Children’s Barred List Check
- Qualification certificate (teachers only)
- Identification documents
- Proof of Address
- Proof of Right to Work
- Any relevant Change of Name documents
As mentioned above, we have in-house scoring systems and guidelines which we use during candidate assessment. It is of paramount importance to us that the teachers on the platform are able to provide a fantastic educational service to pupils on an ongoing basis. This includes demonstrating appropriate knowledge, skills, enthusiasm, integrity and honesty in all dealings both with Teacher Booker and with schools.
We take quality very seriously and have a complaints policy should any party feel as if these high standards are not being upheld.
Document validity checks
Our database holds information on the validity of all our teachers’ and support staffs’ documentation. We remind teachers and support staff to renew their documents before they become invalid, and suspend the profiles of those whose documents have expired.