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Last reviewed on 15 January 2021
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You're advised to limit the number of visitors to your school during the national lockdown. Get guidance on remote interviews, virtual tours and more, so you can hire new staff safely.

Continue recruiting remotely

The DfE's guidance for the national lockdown says you should continue recruiting new staff "as usual", but that your school should:

  • Limit the number of visitors
  • Offer alternatives to face-to-face interviews
  • Make sure candidates continue to fulfil legal requirements for pre-appointment checks (see the last section)

Take extra precautions so the process runs smoothly

Plan for people being off sick

  • Use a shared drive for all recruitment documents. Make sure everyone who needs to have access does 
  • At the end of each day, note down where you're at in the recruitment process and what the next steps are, so that others can pick it up 
  • Add extra buffer time into your process to account for any delays 
  • Have more than 1 recruitment panel member trained in safer recruitment. If you're a member of Safeguarding Training Centre from The Key, take our safer recruitment eLearning module

Make sure panel members are clear on what the

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