Right to work checks
Find out how to carry out these required pre-employment checks to verify a person's right to work in the UK.
You must carry out these checks
As part of pre-employment checks for staff employed by your school, you must verify a person's right to work in the UK (including EU nationals).
This is set out in paragraph 213 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).
COVID-19: temporary process adjustment extended to 5 April 2022
During the coronavirus pandemic, the way you carry out right to work checks has changed. You can accept digital, scanned copies of documents and use video calls as part of the process until 5 April 2022.
Find full details on the GOV.UK website.
How to carry out the checks
You can either:
- Check the applicant's original documents manually – see a list of acceptable documents in section 7 (Annex A) here
- Check online, if the applicant has given you their share code (this is only possible for some applicants)
Follow GOV.UK guidance to help you carry out either type of check.
All copies should be