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Teacher background checks?
« on: April 15, 2018, 05:04:11 PM »
Can anyone tell me the form I have to fill in to have my criminal background check for teaching? I would love to get this all squared away ASAP! Would my US clearances help?
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Re: Teacher background checks?
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2018, 05:20:48 PM »
It's called a DBS check, but I think your employer will run one for you if you get the job. Having your own wouldn't hurt, but it's not going to tip the scales for whether you get a job or not :). US clearances are completely irrelevant.

Details: https://www.gov.uk/criminal-record-checks-apply-role
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Re: Teacher background checks?
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2018, 06:31:13 PM »
It's called a DBS check, but I think your employer will run one for you if you get the job. Having your own wouldn't hurt, but it's not going to tip the scales for whether you get a job or not :). US clearances are completely irrelevant.

Details: https://www.gov.uk/criminal-record-checks-apply-role

That said, if you haven't been in the UK long, it makes employers feel a bit easier if you have foreign checks. I had to get a simple letter from my local sherriff's office in the US to show I didn't have a criminal record. I think some employers might have different requirements to prove you are not a risk.
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Re: Teacher background checks?
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2019, 02:14:06 AM »
Can anyone tell me the form I have to fill in to have my criminal background check for teaching? I would love to get this all squared away ASAP! Would my US clearances help?

I just did my DBS check, my employer sent it to me. Where you teaching in England? My husband and I are moving over soon to start primary jobs in Ipswich.


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Re: Teacher background checks?
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2019, 01:42:27 PM »
It's called a DBS check, but I think your employer will run one for you if you get the job. Having your own wouldn't hurt, but it's not going to tip the scales for whether you get a job or not :). US clearances are completely irrelevant.

Details: https://www.gov.uk/criminal-record-checks-apply-role

In my case, I was offered a job at a primary school and they arranged for my DBS check. However, because I had only been in the UK for a month, they needed an FBI criminal background check as well. They were willing to accept one that had been done within the last 6 months but I had never had one done. It wasn’t difficult to do. I applied online, printed a fingerprint card and got my prints done at the police headquarters. Mailed them to Virginia and had an email certificate within 2 weeks and a hard copy a couple weeks later.
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