Just on the CRB check – now known as a DBS check – I can confirm that the last time I spoke with a lawyer that for private music tuition lessons it is not a legal requirement to hold a valid certificate to be able to offer to teach young students or vulnerable adults. That said I would thoroughly recommend that all teachers obtain one, not only as it is a mark of professionalism but also as something that can be added to the websites to help encourage more parents to get in touch for lessons with their children. DBS checks can be obtained from here (https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview).
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Discrimination, the law, CRB checks (All Teachers)
Big topic here!
So I got an enquiry from someone with a learning difficulty, nothing out of the ordinary here, and I already teach a couple who are deaf/blind. I asked my PA to email my teachers to see if they are all okay to teach this particular student, before making the referral to the appropriate teacher. My PA’s partner, who is a lawyer, said this was illegal due to this being discrimination. The truth is, I like to ask my teachers if they are comfortable teaching anyone with a unique request or with learning difficulties as this can require a certain skill set.
It made me really think how careful I need to be with how I word things. I thought it would be interesting to explore the boundaries of communication so as to avoid discrimination but also ensuring teachers and clients are comfortable with each other! Have you had any similar stories?
Another one is a guy I told a white lie to because he seemed a bit weird over email. Consistent messages, not understanding the options we gave him then constantly talking about working with Black Sabbath’s keys player… he had poor English, which wouldn’t normally matter, but he generally had a bad vibe!
I believe the law is that you cannot refuse service to anyone, even if they have an extremely controversial political/religious belief that you disagree with. But where do you draw the line… and are you even allowed to?!
Also, further to this, should I ensure that all teachers are CRB checked, even though it’s all independent lessons away from schools? I wanted to check the law on this too! I am CRB checked but haven’t checked if the teachers are! I think, as I am a company, I should probably sort this out!
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