Call schools to account with a yearly safeguarding audit

No other inspection method will provide the detail and analysis needed to ensure and protect wellbeing

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Every year, I pay to have my school finances audited. Every penny that a school receives should go on improving outcomes for children, not paying for staff Christmas wine or trips to the Maldives. Monitoring school finances is not something I would leave to Ofsted every few years – it’s too important. Yet, all too often, this is exactly what happens with safeguarding in schools.

Children’s safety has to be our immediate priority. It is therefore reasonable to suggest that safeguarding is decoupled from Ofsted’s inspection schedule and is replaced by a yearly audit carried out by specialists.

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