Ofsted is naturally a focus for all schools and these PREVENT materials, if adopted, will help to address some of the major aspects of “pupils’ attitudes and relationships with other pupils” highlighted by Ofsted for inspectors to consider when making their overall judgements with regard to behaviour. We believe the very early unit Respect begins to address the need for pupils ‘to build their own self esteem and have a high regard for others’. This valuing of others will be reflected in the whole school ethos and its regard for the wider community.
Ofsted’s areas for Inspectors to consider under the heading: The behaviour and safety of pupils at the school (School inspection handbook January 2013, No.120101 p 38)
Inspectors should consider:
• pupils’ respect for, courtesy and good manners towards each other and adults, and pride in themselves and their school
• types, rates and patterns of bullying and the effectiveness of the school’s actions to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying and harassment – this includes cyber-bullying and prejudice-based bullying related to special educational need, sexual orientation, sex, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment or disability
• the effectiveness of the school’s actions to prevent and tackle discriminatory and derogatory language – this includes homophobic and racist language, and language that is derogatory about disabled people
• the views expressed by pupils, and different groups of pupils, of their experiences of others’ behaviour and attitudes towards them
• the extent to which pupils are able to understand and respond to risk, for example risks associated with extremism 31
• the school’s response to any extremist behaviour shown by pupils
31 This includes risks associated with e-safety, substance misuse, knives and gangs, relationships (including sexual relationships), water, fire, roads and railways.
SMSC (Appendix 3) holds a key part in the Framework for Inspection Document. The promotion of SMSC is mentioned in the Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Safety, Achievement and Curriculum sections of the Ofsted 2013 Framework for School Inspection Document.
The proposed new National Curriculum:
In this document the following statements are on the opening pages of the consultation document ‘The school curriculum in England’.
2.1 Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
2.3 All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education
No claims are made to this being a one stop shop for addressing these issues, many other things will be happening in any school to enhance positive values. The units however do explicitly focus attention on ways in which to engage children in potentially ‘difficult conversations’.