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Safeguarding Assurance

Of course you need to be confident that the staff we choose for you are properly qualified and capable of safeguarding the children and young people in your care. At Key Stage, we know nothing is more important. That’s why you’ll find that our pre-screening, registration, recruitment and vetting process for candidates is more rigorous than the statutory requirements.

As a member of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), we adhere to APSCo Compliance+. Based on Ofsted criteria, Compliance+ sets the standards for best practice in education recruitment. It also ensures that we work to a consistent operating framework whilst aiming, always, for excellence in selection and in service.

This is what we do:

  • Face-to-face interviews by consultants trained to ascertain skills, experience and competencies. The questions have been formulated in conjunction with our head teacher clients.
  • 10-year employment history, accounting for any career gaps / periods of unemployment.
  • Identity checks via documentation specified by Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and DfE.
  • Proof of address checks.
  • Qualifications checks via certificates and verfied by NCTL register. Copy certificates are kept on file.
  • Overseas trained teachers qualifications substantiated to make sure they hold the equivalent of a British PGCE or BEd, via The National Academic Records Information Centre (NARIC).
  • FE Teachers are encouraged to register with the Education and Training Foundation and obtain the QTLS certificate (not compulsory).
  • Eligibility to work assured and copies of documentation retained on file.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)‘s Code of Practice adhered to.
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate verified prior to candidates working.
  • DBS Update Service status regularly checked whilst candidates are with us.
  • ISA barred list (previously List 99) checked every six months.
  • National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) checked for referrals or restrictions on QTS/QTLS Teachers.
  • Written references (minimum ofthree) obtained to cover a minimum of five-years’ employment — and any gaps. Candidates returning to Key Stage after working elsewhere must provide new references.
  • Medical assessment is carried out via questionnaire, as required by Education (Health Standards) 2003 Regulations. Candidates must inform us of any changes which may affect their teaching and performance.
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding training required of all candidates prior to working with us, and has to be repeated every three years.
  • Photographic identification badge issued to candidates on completion of all vetting checks.
  • Safeguarding checks confirmation and photographemailed to you before candidate arrives at your school.
  • All checks are repeated regularly.

Your Feedback

Tell us what you think….

Your evaluation of candidates is important to us — and to them. It helps us to make sure that we supply you with teachers and staff best suited to your school and that your pupils get the standards required by Ofsted. You can do this by providing:

  • Daily, weekly and monthly performance feedback
  • An evaluation/observation of the candidate’s teaching standards (for those in bookings of one-month or longer).

We’re listening…

Knowing what you think also means that we’re better able to give you and your pupils what you want. It will also mean that we keep pace with your needs and adjust our processes and policies to work most efficiently with yours.

Meantime, we carry out weekly quality calls to make sure you’re happy, and aim to visit you and your school at least twice a year.

With Key Stage, communication really does work both ways.

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