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Call on Prime Minister to review Ofsted’s school inspections process
Monday, March 9, 2015
At Prime Minister’s Questions Meg Munn MP called on David Cameron to make child protection much more central to the Ofsted inspection process.
The Heeley MP, who is also Chair of the Child Protection APPG, expressed her concern that schools that have been rated outstanding by Ofsted do not have their child protection procedures inspected regularly.
While it may be reasonable to allow schools to continue for some time without inspection in relation to academic performance, Meg believes it is not necessarily the case that an outstanding school will continue to have adequate child protection procedures.
Meg’s question to the Prime Minister was:
“Schools with outstanding academic results can go for years and years with no inspection of their child protection procedures. Is it not time to make child protection much more central to the Ofsted process, and to ensure that every school’s child protection arrangements are inspected regularly?”
Speaking after PMQs Meg said:
“I am pleased that the Prime Minister has agreed to look at the issue I raised. An improved arrangement needs to be put in place to ensure that outstanding schools are not left without any external overview for significant periods of time in relation to their safeguarding responsibilities.
Whilst the Prime Minister is right to say concerns can be triggered by concerned parents, in practice whilst parents might be aware of bullying issues for example, and raise those it is less likely that safeguarding concerns will be easily identified.”