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Department for Education.

Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice

Statutory guidance for accredited ITT providers

Academic year 2024/25

“Accredited ITT providers must ensure that, before anyone is admitted to an ITT programme, they have been deemed suitable to train to teach. This will help to protect children and young people from trainee teachers who might put them at risk of harm because their previous conduct shows that they are unsuitable for teaching. Accredited ITT providers should conduct interviews, run appropriate pre-selection checks, and assess if an applicant has the potential to undertake an ITT course and meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of their training.

Accredited ITT providers should ensure that applicant selection processes give due regard to relevant aspects of part three of Keeping Children Safe in Education.”

As gatekeepers to the teaching profession, the Mersey Boroughs organisation take our safeguarding responsibilities seriously, our staff are fully trained on current safeguarding practices and in line with the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance we uphold a culture of ongoing vigilance.

Applicants should be aware that during our interview and pre-registration processes we carry out all necessary background checks including.

  • Proof of identity
  • Qualifications
  • Satisfactory references (including suitability to work with children)
  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Occupational Health (fitness to teach)
  • Online background check
  • Children’s Barred List check
  • Prohibition Order check
  • Childcare Disqualification check
  • Overseas criminal history checks (where necessary)
  • Eligibility to remain/work in the UK
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