Primary school teachers/staff ‘disqualified by association’

In October 2014, the Department for Education (DoE) published supplementary advice to schools on what are called the ‘childcare disqualification requirements’.

The requirements have been around for a number of years, and apply to registered childcare provision outside of schools, but it’s only since October 2014 that the DoE has made it clear that these also apply to primary schools, and one aspect that’s received the most attention has been the ‘disqualification by association’ part.

According to the DoE, these requirements relate to people who are working in early years and later years’ childcare – essentially, childcare up to the age of 8.

The requirements apply on top of what schools do in relation to enhanced DBS checks and checks against the barred lists.

For more information

  • Practical self-help information – We’ve published a brief guide which summarises how we understand this system to work, but also links to a number of more detailed documents which cover some aspects in more depth.
  • Our policy work – We’ve put a call out for individuals who this has affected. If you’ve been directly affected by the ‘disqualification by association’ element, please let us know what’s happened to you. More details can be found in the policy section of our main website.
  • Discuss this issue – There’s an interesting discussion on our online forum about this – read and share your thoughts.
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Christopher Stacey