Is Ofsted the best way to protect children and young people?

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    An Ofsted report released today shows how a school moved from being ‘Good’ overall to being placed in special measures due to its inadequate safeguarding training and systems: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-news/2016/05/10/george-salter-academy-put-in-special-measures-by-ofsted-as-staff-unaware-of-how-to-protect-pupils-from-extremism/

    From a teaching and learning point of view the school is still considered to be good. The same rating it received during its last inspection, 2 years ago. Safeguarding was previously considered to be outstanding.

    Though we would hope that all schools will effectively safeguard their young people is Ofsted the best way to ensure that they do? There can often be very long gaps between inspections. Luckily in this case the time between inspections was only 2 years but for outstanding schools the gap can be as long as 4 years. A lot can change in just one year.

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