Essential Training - Safer Recruitment: Outline Programme

Date, Time and Venue to suit (3 hour session)

This session provides the essential training to comply with all current statutory requirements for School Leaders, including Governors with a direct role or support role in recruiting and selecting staff.

The central focus is on robust practice and management to ensure effective recruitment and a safe culture across the school using a risk assessment approach. The session will feature expert input, interactive discussion and Q & A opportunities. Delegates will receive a personalised certificate and electronic copies of all resources following the session. Schools may link up to ensure cost effectiveness and price (if delivered on school site): £650 for up to 20 delegates.

This is an excellent, enjoyable learning event for anyone involved in recruitment and selection in schools/academies whether it is to renew your Safer Recruitment certificate or for if you have not undertaken training in this area previously.

The session is delivered on-site at any time to suit including as a twilight or evening session and schools/academies are welcome to partner up with others to ensure maximum value for money and gain the benefits of cross-school learning and networking.

  1. Introduction
  • Aims of Safer Recruitment – developing a risk assessment approach
  • Statutory framework and Safer Recruitment Policy
  • Links with vision, values and school improvement
  • Common weaknesses with recruitment practice
  1. Preparing to Recruit
  • Planning the process – checklist of key steps
  • Identifying potential risks with relevant strategies
  • Actions to deter unsuitable applicants
  • Use of Teacher’s Standards in recruitment
  1. Issues in Shortlisting
  • Applying selection criteria
  • Checking application forms and references
  • Common issues with employment references
  • Dealing with confidential disclosures
  1. Effective Interviewing
  • Characteristics of a good interview
  • Effective questions for safer recruitment
  • Using effective and relevant selection tests
  • Important issues to be aware of
  • Making the decision
  1. Robust Checking
  • Pre-appointment checks – how to handle concerns
  • Record keeping
  1. Creating a Safer Culture
  • Key principles in a Safe Culture
  • Reporting and monitoring
  • Involving stakeholders in developing a Safe Culture

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