Changes to Ofsted framework to reflect sexual abuse in schools report

29 June 2021

Ofsted has updated its School Inspection Handbook to reflect the outcomes of its report into sexual abuse in schools.

The key changes are as follows: 
  • Schools and colleges should assume online sexual abuse, violence and harassment take place within the school community, even if there are no reported cases.
  • Inspectors will ask what schools and colleges are proactively doing to combat this, including preventative measures, the curriculum including implantation of the statutory RSHE curriculum, and responses to allegations.
  • Where adequate processes to combat sexual abuse are not in place, Ofsted is likely to deem safeguarding ineffective, which in turn will likely result in an inadequate overall grade.
These changes will come into effect when routine inspections resume in September.

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