Jessica Powell

Is it safe to be a whistleblower in schools?


Whistleblowers do the vital job of keeping any sector on the straight and narrow. But when it comes to schools, just how hard is it to sound the alarm if a colleague has broken the law or put someone’s health and safety at risk? Jessica Powell reports

Whistleblowers in schools: How easy is it for teachers and school staff to raise the alarm?

"I wish I could tell you my real name or share the intimidation I’ve experienced. But I can’t. I have been told to keep silent. I blew the whistle on malpractice in my school and people say I’ve done the right thing, but have I? I have anxiety and depression. My reputation has been threatened. Who have I done the right thing by?”

Sarah* (a pseudonym) had planned to quit her job after years of being ground down by her headteacher’s bullying behaviour. But the handling of a safeguarding issue so alarmed her that she felt compelled to speak out. So, she teamed up with a group of other staff ...

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