Fitness to Teach: Declaration of Health
The assessment of your suitability to teach is a statutory safeguarding requirement for teacher training set by the Department for Education. The University of Reading, as your accredited training provider, has a responsibility to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to undertake teacher or early years training with us. Information from your health assessment can also help the university arrange reasonable adjustments to help you with your studies at the university and in your school placements.
A satisfactory medical assessment is therefore one of the requirements for entry and you will not be able to start your BAEd, PGCert Early Years, PGCE or School Direct programme until the University has received confirmation of your fitness to teach. School Direct salaried and PGCert Early Years-employment-based students should note that they must complete the fitness to teach process with the university even if they have previously undertaken a medical assessment with their training school or employer.
How do I apply for my medical assessment?
1. Download the Declaration of Health questionnaire and answer all questions in Sections 1 and 2 and complete and sign the consent statement in Section 3.
2. Then hand or scan and email the completed questionnaire to your usual doctor who will be asked to complete Form B and classify you in one of the following categories:
Category A: Those who have no medical conditions and have the health and physical capacity to teach,
Category B1: Those who have a minor condition (such as asthma, hayfever, allergy) but have the health and physical capacity to teach. Reasonable adjustments will not be required for them to provide effective and efficient teaching.
Category B: Those who have the health and physical capacity to teach but suffer from conditions, which are likely to interfere to some extent with their efficiency in teaching either all subjects or certain specified subjects. These conditions are not serious enough to make the candidate unsuitable for the teaching profession but may require reasonable adjustments to be made to enable them to provide effective and efficient teaching.
Category C: Those whose condition means that they do not have the health and physical capacity to teach or cannot execute the activities that a teacher must be able to perform or who may put children and young people at risk of harm.
3. Your doctor should return the completed form to you (either personally or by email). Please note that you will need to pay any fees that your doctor charges for this assessment.
4. Please check that your doctor has entered a category and signed and stamped the form. Then return FORM B ONLY to email@example.com . Please note that the university does not need to see Form A .
5. We can only accept the form as meeting the medical fitness to teach condition attached to your offer if your doctor has indicated a category for your assessment.
What happens next?
Once we have received the completed form we will email you to confirm whether or not you have met the fitness to teach condition attached to your offer. If your doctor has placed you in Category B we will also contact with instructions on how to make contact with our Disability Advice Service. They will be able to make an assessment of any reasonable adjustments that you require in order to assist you with your training at the university and in your placement schools.
Please pass your questionnaire to your doctor as soon as possible.
Most GPs are extremely busy so please ensure you give them as much time as possible to complete your form. You will not be able to start your training until we have received the required confirmation of your fitness to teach.
If you have any questions or need any assistance with this process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the team will be happy to advise you.