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School Matters - Crb - Checks and Balances

An inside look at the Criminal Records Bureau and its workings and a chance to asses whether CRB checks are essential for our children’s safety or an invasion of civil liberties. The number of adults who must now undergo CRB checks on their suitability to work with children in schools and other institutions runs into several millions. Given the scale of this operation, it is inevitable that mistakes will occasionally be made. This programme investigates the workings of the CRB and tells the story of one person who was wrongly rejected twice in a case of mistaken identity. (30 minutes)
Great Britain
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Broadcast on Teachers TV on 22/1/2008
Education; Law; Social welfare
employment law; security measures; child protection; Criminal Records Bureau; civil liberties



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Funded by the Department for Education, Teachers’ TV was a producer and supplier of over 3,600 free videos and lesson resources to support the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field. Previously broadcast on digital television, the service became exclusively online from 31 August 2010, with programmes being available for free online viewing or download. Thge DfE terminated the contract with Teachers TV and delivery via the website ceased on 29 April 2011, with the programmes being offered to educational distributors free online delivery. Further details from the DfE website Until 29 April 2011 programmes from Teachers Television were streamed on the website and available for download to registered users (free registration). Programmes are aimed at primary and secondary school teachers in all subject areas, as well as headteachers and governors, and include observation of teaching sessions, materials for use in the classroom and discussion of issues relevant to education. Teachers TV was funded by the Department for Education but the contract ended in April 2011 and the programmes are being offered to educational distributors to deliver free at the point of use from their websites. Details of which titles are available in this way are on the DfE website

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