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Fixed Penalty Notice for Littering

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by tom_don97, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. tom_don97

    tom_don97 New commenter

    I was given a FPN recently for littering carelessly and thoughtlessly. I have wanted to teach since I was child, I am currently in my second year of university and I was wondering if this would impact on my opportunities. I'm hoping that all this work towards my dream career hasn't been ruined for a careless mistake. Would it show on a DBS check, or would I only have to disclose it if I am asked directly. I feel awful about it and I am getting very worried about it.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. elder_cat

    elder_cat Established commenter

    It shouldn't show:


    I received a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) or a Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND). Will this show up on my DBS certificate?

    No. A Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) and a Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) are on-the-spot fines issued by the police for very minor offences. If you pay an FPN or PND within the specified time-limit, all liability for the offence is discharged and the offence does not form part of your criminal record.

    There was a steady stream of students complaining about having been given fines for littering outside the college I worked at, despite the prominent notices being displayed. As a member of staff at a school/college you'd be expected to lead by example, so perhaps you need to be more careful in future. ;)
  3. tom_don97

    tom_don97 New commenter

    Thanks so much for you reply, that's great information. I was just worried that it would show me in a bad way when applying for PGCEs and future jobs. It was a careless mistake which I should have thought about in the moment, I'll definitely be taking your advice to be careful on board haha.

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