Schools continue to fail Ofsted inspections due to inadequate training for staff
Ofsted introduced specific e-safety inspection criteria in September 2012. However, 4 years later, some schools are still failing their Ofsted inspections due, in part, to the lack of e-safety and safeguarding training for staff.
What is Ofsted looking for?
In the latest Ofsted guidance for inspectors undertaking inspection under the common inspection framework, it advises inspectors to look for evidence which demonstrates:
“the quality of safeguarding practice, including evidence that staff are aware of the signs that children or learners may be at risk of harm either within the setting or in the family or wider community outside the setting”
In addition, signs of successful safeguarding include:
“There are clear and effective arrangements for staff development and training in respect of the protection and care of children and learners.”
More specifically, when inspecting how effectively leaders and governors create a safeguarding culture in the setting, criteria includes:
“Staff, leaders, governors and supervisory bodies (where appropriate) and volunteers receive appropriate training on safeguarding at induction, that is updated regularly.”
Recent Ofsted comments
In recent Ofsted reports for schools rated 'inadequate', a number had the lack of training for staff cited as a contributing factor, with comments from inspectors including:
"Many teachers are not sufficiently trained to recognise indicators of risk or prepare pupils to stay safe."
"...staff do not have the information and training that enable them to meet the varying needs of the pupils."
"The manager and some staff do not have an up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding issues in order to effectively support children's welfare"
It is no doubt disappointing that these same schools are receiving good (and outstanding) reports for the quality of their teaching practices. However, while the lack of staff training was only one of the reasons why these schools have been rated inadequate, it can't be overlooked.
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