Reference checks

Reference checks are not statutorily required to be recorded on your Single Central Record, however, this does not mean that you should not be doing them. Department for Education

In the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 it states: "Employers should always ask for written information about previous employment history and check that information is not contradictory or incomplete. The purpose of seeking references is to allow the school or college to obtain objective and factual information to support appointment decisions."

The guidance goes on to state:

"On receipt, references should be checked to ensure that all specific questions have been answered satisfactorily. The referee should be contacted to provide further clarification as appropriate, for example if the answers are vague or if insufficient information is provided. They should also be compared for consistency with the information provided by the candidate on their application form. Any discrepancies should be taken up with the candidate."

It is worth noting that any information about past disciplinary action or allegations that are disclosed should be considered carefully when assessing the applicant’s suitability for the post (including information obtained from the Teacher Services’ checks). Further help and advice can be found on the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) website. Inspection

Inspectors will typically not ask to see complete personnel records but they might carry out spot checks on specific documents that may be held in personnel files. For example, Inspectors may ask to see professional references when looking for evidence that a school has adequate recruitment procedures in place. SCR Tracker

Although you do not have to keep a record of reference checks on your Single Central Record; using SCR Tracker you still can. We class references checks as 'School Ready' fields which means they do not have to be complete to pass your Single Central Record inspection. If you have any questions please contact us on