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Not enough checks on teachers and classroom assistants are being carried ...
Not enough checks on teachers and classroom assistants are being carried

out, according to a teacher recruitment agency, BBC Radio Four's Today

programme reported this morning.

Barry Hugill of the agency, Timeplan, told the programme: 'We've got good

reason to believe that teachers were going into schools before the end of

last term without checks being carried out as to whether they were sex

offenders or whether they had any other criminal convictions.'

With it currently taking up to four months for these checks to be carried

out, teachers were taking up jobs before the checks were completed, Mr

Hugill said.

Timeplan has asked home secretary David Blunkett to consider the system used

in Canada, the US, Australia and Jamaica, whereby anyone working with

children has to have a 'passport' allowing employers to check their records.

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