Key Information for Candidates

DBS Checks

 Every trainee recruited by the MSC will be asked to complete a DBS check. DBS checks, Disclosure and Barring Service, previously known as CRB checks are a requirement for people working with children.

Trainees will be issued with paperwork following offer and acceptance of a training place.

DBS requests will be completed by the MSC/Crispin School for Fee-Paying trainees. School-Direct Salaried trainees’ DBS checks will be completed by their home schools.

When completing an application, candidates may be asked if they consent to a DBS check. If trainees are concerned about an offence that may appear on a DBS check they are encouraged to make the MSC aware, as this can slow down applications. 

If School Direct trainees already have a DBS form, they will be asked to complete a new DBS, in line with the lead school, Crispin School’s policy.

The MSC requires sight of all original documents listed below. Following submission of the completed DBS form, trainees will receive  a  DBS certificate, the MSC must see the original DBS certificate. Failure to present the certificate can prevent release of SLC funds and delays in starting the course.  

  •  Birth Certificate or Adoption Certificate          
  • Passport AND Driving Licence (both parts are required, a photo driving licence is only valid if presented with the counterpart  licence)
  • Address ID – must be less than *3 months old or less than **12 months old                  
  • *Utility bill (not mobile phone) 
  • *Bank/Building Society Statement (posted copy, not online) 
  • **Council Tax 
  • **Mortgage Statement (posted copy, not online) 
  • Applicant Consent Declaration (Given to trainee by MSC)


 Candidates who have been abroad in the last 10 years:  

Candidates/trainees who have not been permanently resident in the UK for the last 10 years must supply a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ issued by the country or countries in which they have lived during that time in addition to applying for a DBS Enhanced Disclosure. A ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ (CoGC) is a general term given to the check of police records in a volunteer’s home country, or the country in which they have resided. Each country has a different process for checking police records, and give a different name to the checking process. This process should be started as soon as possible. 

Key Documents:

Immediate Family Policy

Once you have been offered an interview with the MSC you will be asked to complete a form declaring if you have any immediate family in local Schools. The MSC will make every effort not to place a trainee at a school where he/she has:

  • Spouse/Partner
  • Children
  • Parents

If there are limited places and if this cannot be avoided it will need to be agreed by the MSC, the School and the trainee that the training place is suitable. Failing to declare any information may result in disciplinary procedures being taken.


Travel Expectations During the Training Year

For the main part trainees will be based at their home school, home schools are agreed at the second stage of interview, before the start of the course. Unlike a University, the MSC is flexible and will make sure trainees know where they will be training before September.

The MSC takes personal circumstances and location into account, however,  trainees may have to travel up to 60 minutes to their home school. After Christmas trainees are expected to complete a second school placement, this is arranged by the trainee. There is flexibility for this placement to be closer to home, as long as the placement is complimentary to the home school placement. 

There may also be times during the year when trainees need to travel to local schools for training mornings/days. We always try to keep this as close as possible for trainees, however this can be difficult when trainees in the same subject group are spread across the south-west.

If you have concerns about travel, please do contact us to discuss this further.