What you must check
As part of pre-employment checks, you must verify professional qualifications, as 'appropriate'.
That's set out in paragraph 231 of statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education.
It's up to you to decide what's appropriate, but the guidance does mention checking:
- The award of qualified teacher status (QTS)
- The completion of teacher induction or probation
Early career teachers and NQTs must undergo a QTS check
You must check for qualified teacher status (QTS) before allowing anyone to take up a post for a statutory induction. This applies to:
- Newly qualified teacher (NQT) inductions that started before 1 September 2021
- All early career teacher (ECT) inductions
How to check qualifications
Use Teacher Services to verify the award of QTS.
Whether the teacher completed induction Prohibitions, sanctions