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Safety in schools – what Ofsted look for

The latest Ofsted Inspection Handbook lists what their inspectors will be looking for during school inspections.  For safety and behaviour of students some of the areas listed are:

  • The types, rates and patterns of bullying and the effectiveness of the school’s actions to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying and harassment. This includes cyber-bullying and prejudice-based bullying related to special educational need, sexual orientation, sex, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment or disability
  • The school’s success in keeping pupils safe, whether within school or during external activities through, for instance, effective risk assessments, e-safety arrangements, and action taken following any serious safeguarding incident
  • The effectiveness of the school’s actions to prevent and tackle discriminatory and derogatory language – this includes homophobic and racist language, and language that is derogatory about disabled people
  • The extent to which pupils are able to understand and respond to risk, for example risks associated with extremism
  • The school’s response to any extremist behaviour shown by pupils

For training specifically developed for school staff on safeguarding and e-Safety see our website