out, according to a teacher recruitment agency, BBC Radio Four's Today
programme reported this morning.
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
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.