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Prohibition Order Checks


We strongly recommend that all teachers undergo a Prohibition Order check. These checks are mandatory for schools in England, and it is considered best practice for international schools as well, particularly those preparing for inspection.

Prohibition Order checks should be done as part of the pre-employment checking process and a record must be kept on the school's single central record. A Prohibition Order check ensures the teacher is not prohibited from teaching.


Prohibition checks include the following:

Prohibition from Teaching

Until very recently this was only for teachers who had qualified teacher status (QTS). This is no longer the case. The check should be done retrospectively, and cover staff who have been appointed since 1 April 2012. Although there is no requirement to retrospectively check teachers who commenced their current employment prior to that date it would still be prudent to do so.

Section 128 check

Independent schools, academies and free schools now need to check that a person has not been Prohibited from the Management of schools

European Economic Area (EEA) Online Checks

As of 1 January 2021, the EEA section of the Prohibition Order check showing teachers sanctioned by EEA member states will no longer be accessible. For more information about this change and how it might impact your safer recruitment processes, please contact

Teachers who have failed induction or probation

This contains the details of all teachers who have failed their statutory induction or probation periods. As a result of failing an induction or probation period any person on this list is ineligible to teach in all maintained schools, pupil referral units and non-maintained special schools in England. However, they are free to work as a teacher in any other school, establishment or capacity where successful completion of an induction period is not an entry requirement.

General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) sanctions

This contains the details of teachers who are still subject to disciplinary sanctions from the GTCE. Any person on this list can only teach in maintained schools, pupil referral units and non-maintained special schools subject to the conditions of the sanction.

The Department for Education maintains the database of all teachers eligible to teach in England. The database is called The Teacher Services system (formerly known as Employer Access Online). Unfortunately, schools overseas cannot access the online database to carry out the Prohibition checks.

We are delighted to announce that COBIS have been given access rights to perform these checks on behalf of schools overseas.

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Disclaimer: Please ensure that you have obtained the correct permissions from Teachers to send this information on to COBIS to be processed in accordance with EU Data protection regulations.