Jessica Powell

Is it safe to be a whistleblower in schools?

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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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