Information and forms for academy trust chairs of trustees to apply for suitability and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.


Academy trust chair suitability checks: guidance for applicants


Academy trust chair suitability check: application form

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Academy trust chair suitability check: verification form for recognised professionals

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Academy trust chairs of trustees must complete a suitability check with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) as soon as they are appointed.

This is to comply with legislation and to keep children safe in education.

To process a suitability check we need:

  • information about your identity verified by a recognised professional, using the verification form on this page
  • information confirming your right to work in the United Kingdom (UK)
  • the outcome of an enhanced DBS check
  • if you have lived outside of the UK, an overseas criminal records check or certificate of good character

When completing a suitability check ESFA will consider any further information, including where individuals are barred from teaching or the management of a school.

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Published 8 July 2020
Last updated 20 July 2020 + show all updates

  1. Page updated with a minor change to the requirement to provide information if the applicant has lived abroad.

  2. First published.