After more than 35 years in teaching and 20 years on the governing body of my local primary school, I was very happy to agree to carry on for a further four years when my present term comes to an end at Christmas.
When I received a letter from Essex County Council, half of me thought it was a joke, the other half felt insulted. The letter stated that my re-appointment would only be confirmed if the CRB was satisfied as to my veracity for the appointment and to obtain this I would have to fill in a disclosure application form.
Not only do I have to fill in a four-page form but I am advised to read the 33-page booklet on how to complete the form. I also have to turn up at the school to have my passport or birth certificate checked and to produce two letters addressed to me at my home address from my building society, bank, mortgage company, utility, credit card company or insurance company, one of which will be photocopied and sent to the CRB.
I agree whole-heartedly that children's safety is paramount, but I find this totally over the top and counter-productive. The sooner the workings of the CRB are overhauled the better.
Kathleen Galbraith 2, Apple Gate Brentwood, Essex