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DBS Issues

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by jason821, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. jason821

    jason821 New commenter

    Ive had a successful career since leaving university in 2007 and wanted to make the transition to a more meaningful role as a geography teacher. With so many teachers leaving the profession early I hoped since id already had a successful career I wouldn’t have the same pressures such as buying a house or starting a family which meant I could commit long term to the profession.

    However, 16 year ago in 2003 I received a conviction which I was told at the time a technical assault as I had gotten blood on a police officer. I had actually been assaulted in a nightclub and called the police myself, but when they turned up tried to arrest me as they saw me covered in my own blood and didn’t realise I was the one that made the call. The end result was that I received a £50 fine which considering a speeding ticket is £100, isn’t that big in the grand scheme of things.

    Ive been successful accepted onto a PGCE course which I started on the 5th September. In June of this year I sat a panel at the University who were satisfied I was no risk to students from a safeguarding perspective and started a short 5 day placement at a school that had no issues with the DBS. Unfortunately though I started my 2nd placement on the 3rd October and on the 15th October, 12 days later was escorted from my lesson observation to meet the headteacher. I explained to the headteacher what had happened and the process id been through with the panel at the University. I was then escorted off the site and told I would be a risk to students and the headteacher was to do her own background checks before making the decision if she is going to cancel my placement.

    Obviously from my point of view I consider this to be unfair but looking online they are lots of people who have been held back from the teaching profession due to minor incidents that occurred in their youth.

    Has anyone had any similar experiences and could anyone provide any advice? I want to be in the teaching profession long term but concerned i won't even pass my course or get a job?

  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

  3. jason821

    jason821 New commenter

    Apologies,I didn’t realise,I will try to delete the post

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