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ITT Suitability to Teach Checks

Applicants for Initial Teacher Training and Early Years Teacher Training programmes will be subject to the following checks, in addition to criminal records checks, which are designed to ensure that the process to assess suitability to teach is as rigorous as possible:

Prohibition Order check

The University or employers must check that entrants are not subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State. This is additional to the DBS check, as people can be prohibited from teaching for actions or behaviours that would not necessarily lead to them being included on the DBS barred list.

The University will undertake the prohibition order check for applicants who are not on salaried programmes* and, should the results of the check be unsatisfactory, we will contact you. Unfortunately an unsatisfactory check will mean that we are unable to allow your admission to the programme.

* NB For applicants on salaried programmes (School Direct salaried Initial Teacher Training programmes; PGCert Early Years Practice (Early Years Teacher Status Graduate Entry Employment Based route)), the prohibition order check is undertaken by your employing school or setting.

Childcare Disqualification check

Entrants to Primary ITT and Early Years Teacher Status Graduate Entry Maintained (GEM) programmes are now subject to appropriate checks with regard to the childcare disqualification requirements. You are asked to confirm in writing that you are not disqualified.

If you are disqualified, you will either need to obtain a waiver from OFSTED or the location or nature of your training will need to be changed so that you are no longer covered by the disqualification regulations.

Please download and complete and sign the Childcare Disqualification Regulations form and return the form by email to:

Primary PGCE and School Direct: teachertraining@reading.ac.uk.

BA Primary Education: ugadmissions@reading.ac.uk

N.B: Applicants for Secondary Initial Teacher Trainingprogrammes are not subject to this check and do not have to complete the form.

SALARIED School Direct applicants and PGCert Early Years Practice (Early Years Teacher Status Graduate Entry Employment Based route) applicants - the school or setting at which you are undertaking your training will carry out these checks.

Things to do now

Complete and sign the Childcare Disqualification Form and return it by email. (Primary and Early Years applicants only).

Apply for your DBS check.

Apply for your letter of good conduct (if relevant).

Complete your medical questionnaire and pass it to your Doctor to sign/stamp

Send copies of your Degree and GCSE certificates to:

teachertraining@reading.ac.uk