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Offenders try to become teachers

More than 4,000 offenders, including rapists and paedophiles, applied to become teachers in England last year, only to be rejected after checks by the Criminal Records Bureau. Last year more than 263,000 people who applied to become teachers had CRB checks. Those who were rejected had almost 9,500 previous offences between them, including 50 sex offences and two for making threats to kill.

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