4,000 offenders seek teaching jobs

Wesley Johnson
The Independent

Paedophiles, violent thugs and drug dealers were among more than
4,000 offenders who applied to become teachers last year despite having
almost 10,000 criminal convictions between them, figures showed today.

Criminal records checks even revealed four previous convictions for child sex offences, including one for a sex attack on a girl under 13, as well as three convictions for assaulting or neglecting a child.

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) said that to date checks had helped stop more than 130,000 unsuitable people from working with children and many of the offences would lead to an automatic ban on the offenders becoming teachers.

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