Finding a teaching job
You can find and apply for teaching jobs by using our school job search:Search and apply for a school vacancy (external link)
People with disabilities
West Sussex County Council is a 'Two Ticks' employer. This means we are committed to employing and developing people with disabilities. More information can be found on our Positive about disabled people page.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
If you are successful in your application, and the nature of the work involves regular contact with children, you will be required to apply for an enhanced check from the DBS.
Candidates who have been working and/or living abroad will also be expected to provide evidence that they do not have a criminal record. Visit the GOV.UK web page Arranging checks as an employer for more information about overseas applicants and UK applicants who have lived abroad.
Rehabilitation of offenders
Applicants for posts teaching children and young people are not entitled to withhold details of any criminal convictions which might be considered spent. Failure to disclose previous convictions may lead to your application being rejected, or your dismissal if appointed. Visit the GOV.UK web page Arranging checks as an employer for more information about employing ex-offenders.
We will take into consideration any information you disclose. This will not automatically prevent your application from proceeding, unless the headteacher considers that you would be unsuitable for the job.
In making this decision the headteacher and governing body will consider:
- the nature of the offence
- how long ago it happened
- how old you were when you committed the offence.
You will have the opportunity to discuss, in strictest confidence, any previous convictions you may have at the time of your interview.
To comply with current legislation, WSCC has to ask all successful external applicants to provide evidence that they are entitled to work in the UK.
- For employers: advice about employing overseas-trained teachers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) can be found on GOV.UK - Employing overseas-trained teachers from outside the EEA.
- For teachers: phone 0845 6000 991 for advice about the equivalence of your qualifications in the UK or see GOV.UK - An assessment of international teacher training systems: equivalence for England. Calls will cost 4 pence per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.
Training to become a teacher
The National College for Teaching and Leadership website, Get into teaching, provides comprehensive guidance on choosing the right teacher training route for you. It also includes university-led training for undergraduates and postgraduates and guidance about applying for a job in teaching.