The Mail Online report:

More than 1,500 teachers with criminal convictions, including paedophiles and attempted murderers, have applied for jobs in schools in the past year, MailOnline can reveal.

Candidates also included drug dealers, burglars, thieves, fraudsters, flashers and blackmailers, and some may already have been working in a school or were given the job they wanted.

Officials do not know exactly how many of the criminals were taken on, as recruitment decisions are often at the discretion of individual schools.

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