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Ofsted Chief suggests problem of sexual abuse lies outside of schools
Sexual abuse among pupils could be “happening outside of school” rather than being caused by a culture problem within institutions, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector has said.
Amanda Spielman said testimonials posted anonymously by students on the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ website has shown a “crossover very often between things happening outside of school bleeding into children’s lives within school”.
She added that Ofsted’s review into the issue will aim to make it easier for children to report sexual abuse allegations to their school.
Pupils’ mental health issues increasing in past year
Nearly four in five teachers have seen mental health issues among pupils increase over the past year, a survey suggests.
More than three in five (62%) believe the Government has placed low priority on the good mental health of young people in educational settings, according to a poll from the National Education Union (NEU).
The UK’s largest teaching union is calling on ministers to recognise that the wellbeing of young people is “just as vital” as their academic learning.
The survey, of mainly teachers, school leaders and some support staff, suggests that two in three believe pressure to prioritise “catch up” of learning has presented a barrier to supporting pupils’ mental health.