Teach­ing hope­ful had been sen­tenced for kid­nap of­fence

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

SEX of­fend­ers, drug deal­ers and vi­o­lent crim­i­nals are among those in west Lon­don ap­ply­ing to be teach­ers.

Among the wor­ry­ing con­vic­tions noted by prospec­tive ap­pli­cants on their forms was a per­son from the Har­row post­code who had been pre­vi­ously sen­tenced for kid­nap­ping.

There were also con­vic­tions for caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm in south west Lon­don, sup­ply­ing co­caine and heroin and even one for wil­fully aban­don­ing or ex­pos­ing a child to harm in the W post­code. The in­for­ma­tion, re­vealed through the Dis­clo­sure and Bar­ring Ser­vice for teach­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, also found mi­nor of­fences adding up to 59 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for shoplift­ing, 46 for drink driv­ing and 23 for as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm.

Also among the bad be­hav­iour was a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for be­ing drunk in charge of a child, har­bour­ing an es­caped pris­oner and tak­ing a banned item into a prison,

Some had even been sen­tenced for as­sist­ing un­law­ful im­mi­gra­tion into the EU.

A to­tal of 606 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions from across the area in 2014/15 were found noted among 13,000 ap­pli­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­vealed fol­low­ing a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest.

The fig­ures do not show if ap­pli­cants were hired, as em­ploy­ers have dis­cre­tion over whether to dis­re­gard some more mi­nor of­fences.

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