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Convicts applied for jobs at county schools

File photo dated 03/12/03 of pupils during a lesson as teachers would have to be licensed and could be sacked if they fail tough checks on their abilities, under plans unveiled by Labour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 11, 2014. See PA story EDUCATION Teachers. Photo credit should read: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

File photo dated 03/12/03 of pupils during a lesson as teachers would have to be licensed and could be sacked if they fail tough checks on their abilities, under plans unveiled by Labour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 11, 2014. See PA story EDUCATION Teachers. Photo credit should read: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

An act of cruelty to a child, causing death by dangerous driving and arson were among the crimes committed by people in Derbyshire who applied to work in schools in the last five years.

Some 1,125 convictions, cautions, warnings and reprimands were flagged up by the Disclosure and Barrings Service (DBS) in statistics released after a request made via the Freedom of Information Act.

The figures, relating to individuals living in all the county’s postcodes, reveal the extent of crimes committed by people applying for jobs, including headteachers, teachers, caretakers and technicians.

Three offences of assaulting a constable are recorded by the DBS, with drink driving the most common crime with 123 entries.

A bomb hoax and child cruelty were also listed.

Males accounted for 654 of the offences, with 471 committed by females. The year most applications were made by criminals was 2009, when 23 offences were highlighted. Last year, 172 offences were identified by the DBS for school job applicants.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council, which advises schools on appointments, said: “We fully support the DBS service and issue advice to schools about what to think about when considering if someone is suitable for a job, including the nature and seriousness of any offence, the length of time since it occurred, and the role applied for.”

 

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