A new publication on the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework for September 2019 has been released. Although the new framework comes with some significant changes; however, in this piece, we will be discussing only the inspection of safeguarding.
Just like in the previous release, a particular document known as the “Inspecting safeguarding in the early years, education and skills” is made available in the new publication, but with an update. The updates are as follows.
In the Education Inspection Framework (EIF), there are four sectors:
- Behavior and Attitudes
- Leadership and Management
- Quality of Education
- Personal Development
Concerning the Personal Development sector, it includes the following attributes: British values; relationships and sex education; spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; mental health awareness and support; and finally, health education, plus safety.
In the newly disclosed Ofsted Education Inspection Framework for September 2019, Safeguarding will not be explicitly assessed; however, the Leadership and Management report will make some references to it.
Based on the EIF handbook, poor leadership and management judgment are likely to occur once safeguarding becomes ineffective. Nevertheless, in a situation where there is an occurrence of minor weaknesses in safeguarding plans which can easily be rectified and doesn’t affect the children or put them at harm risk, then the next action is to engage the “require improvement” judgement, according to Section 5, paragraph 269 of the School Inspection Handbook.
The inspectors have to check for evidence which supports the fact that a provider practices the culture of safeguarding which helps adequate arrangements to know learners who may be prone to harm; that reacts timely; and that there is a management for staff recruitment and handling of allegations correctively.
First inspection day
As stated in the previous editions, on page 16 of the School Inspection Handbook 2019, the publication shows that the following actions must be done by 8AM on the first inspection day:
- All schools must be accessible to inspectors.
- The DSL must receive a list of safeguarding referrals
- The DSL must receive a file containing the individuals who were sent to the local authority as well as an overview of their resolution.
- The DSL should receive a list of every pupil who is processed based on children’s services/social care as well as those that have a multi-agency plan.
According to the new EIF, how well the attitudes of learners are being managed will be another vital point of inspection for the inspectors. Also, the inspectors will be checking the approaches which the school possesses as alternative strategies to exclusion. More importantly, proof of whether the school is monitoring any safeguarding risks to learners who may be excluded will be evaluated. For help with evaluation, quality improvement and teaching observation visit: mesma.co.uk
In a school where the students have an off-site unit which they attend, such a unit and its safeguarding procedures may be assessed by the inspectors. Also, the inspectors will check the quality of education and impact of the units in improving the behavior, attendance, and learning of the pupils.
The responsibility of ensuring that the school honors their statutory duties rest on the governors or trustees while how well the oversight is performed will be evaluated by the inspectors (Paragraph 239).
Visit https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/education-inspection-framework to read the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework for September 2019.