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Huddersfield teacher banned over fake crime check

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Image caption The Disclosure and Barring Service was formed in 2012 following a merger of the Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority

A teacher has been banned from the profession for at least five years after she submitted a fake document to cover up a police caution for fraud.

Nerys Rollinson gave the falsified Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate to the Vision for Education agency while working as a supply teacher at a school in Huddersfield.

A tribunal said her actions amounted to "unacceptable professional conduct".

Ms Rollinson did not attend the hearing.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) panel heard Ms Rollinson had accepted a caution from West Yorkshire in March 2013 for fraud.

However, the DBS certificate she presented to the agency in January 2015 did not include the details.

'Safeguarding is paramount'

One witness told the tribunal "it was obvious that the document received was a combination of two DBS certificates" as it contained a reference to an organisation which ceased to exist in 2012.

The panel heard Ms Rollinson later submitted the original certificate which included details of the caution.

She then suggested a member of school staff had been copying several certificates at the same time and hers must have been mixed up with another to form one document.

The panel ruled that "it was more likely than not" she had tried to conceal the caution in order to "gain or continue employment as a supply teacher".

It said: "Safeguarding is a fundamental tenet of the teaching profession and the need to provide clear and accurate copies of DBS certificates is paramount."

Ms Rollinson can apply for the ban to be removed from January 2021.

Vision for Education's safeguarding director Julie Shaw said the firm "follows stringent procedures in line with Department for Education and Recruitment and Employment Confederation guidelines".

"Where individuals are found to be in breach of any of these protocols we welcome a strong stance by the NCTL to remove that person from teaching."

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