"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up” – John Holmes
The Ofsted Common Assessment Framework continues to place an emphasis on the safety and well-being of pupils. The effectiveness of school leadership and management will be judged on whether they “actively promote equality and diversity” and “tackle bullying and discrimination.”
Inspectors will want to see:
• Records and analysis of bullying, discriminatory and prejudicial behaviour, either directly or indirectly, including racist, disability and homophobic bullying, use of derogatory language and racist incidents.
Grade descriptors for “personal development, behaviour and welfare” maintain a strong focus on succesful management of bullying including the active involvement of young people.
The DfE statutory guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016)"? - emphasises the importance of tackling bullying (including cyberbullying) and also highlights that children with SEND can be disproportionately impacted by bullying (see Special Needs and disability bullying.) It also states the importance of teaching children to stay safe online and ensuring they don’t access inappropriate material.