The Interview Process

Our legal responsibilities as outlined in the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (2014) require a vigorous vetting and suitability procedure with one of our qualified interviewers. Our face-to-face recruitment process can therefore take up to 90 minutes to complete. You will need to bring the original documents outlined below in order for Cover to verify your identity and qualifications and ensure your suitability for a position within our agency. You will also be required to complete a Fitness to Work document.

With work history in chronological order with no gaps, including details of any CPD received over the past 3 years.

Names, Addresses/ Tel No / Email addresses of 2 referees (including last school/employer)

Identity Documents

  • Current valid Passport 
  • Current Driving Licence (Full or provisional)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate

Addresses – MUST be less than 3 months old
2 proofs of current address (Mortgage/Bank statement, Credit card Statement, Utility, Council tax etc) 

DBS enhanced disclosure – please bring your most recent Enhanced Certificate.
In order to verify, candidates must have registered with the DBS or if a new one is to be applied for then:

  • Fee of £44
  • Both passport and driving licence are required or
  • 5 other documents as per DBS Guidelines (list on request)
  • Any change of name must be documented (Marriage Certificate, Deed Poll Documents, Adoption Papers etc)
  • 2 proofs of current address (as above)
  • 5 years of past addresses, WITH POSTCODES

If another agency is doing the DBS disclosure, please bring the form Reference Number. If you have lived overseas for more than 3 months, a clear, valid Police Clearance will be required.


  • Original Teaching Certificate or proof of DfES number
  • Degree Certificates and Induction Certificate(if applicable)
  • Proof of Post Threshold or Pay scale (M2 and above)
  • Proof of Child Protection Training.

Proof of National Insurance Number (eg: P60, payslip, P45 or card)

Bank Details

Overseas Candidates

  • Verification of your right to work in the UK.

Other Evidence

  • D/T – Safety Certificate
  • Food Tech – Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Overseas – Work Permit

NQT’s - Please bring the following:

  • Most recent observed lesson assessment sheet
  • Confirmation of skills tests (printouts you receive when you have passed the test)

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