Schools chief rails against over-cautious safety rules

Academics should cease attempting to wrap kids in cotton wool with over-the-top well being and security insurance policies, the chief inspector of faculties has mentioned.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Amanda Spielman mentioned it stopped the youngsters creating resilience and grit.

She needs the training watchdog Ofsted to organize new steering for faculties inspectors in England.

Ms Spielman mentioned making pupils put on high-vis vests on journeys made them appear like mini-builders minus the exhausting hats.

She mentioned faculties had developed an over-cautious tradition that made it troublesome for younger individuals to deal with on a regular basis occasions.

Ms Spielman mentioned each minute imposing a ban on conkers and yo-yos was a minute away from tackling a large number of actual risks.

“I would like Ofsted to ensure that faculties are correctly targeted on pupil security however that it would not come on the expense of alternatives to broaden and enrich younger minds,” she mentioned.

“My message to varsities is that this – retaining kids protected from hurt ought to at all times be your overriding concern however in doing so ensure you distinguish between actual and imagined danger.

“Attempting to insulate your pupils from each bump, germ or bruise will not simply drive you to distraction, it can short-change these pupils as properly, limiting their alternative to totally make the most of the liberty of childhood and to discover the world round them.”

Subsequent month, 1,800 college inspectors will participate in periods to make sure they focus solely on the safeguarding of susceptible kids.

Ms Spielman mentioned she seemed ahead to seeing extra keen younger faces on journeys within the subsequent college yr however hopes “fewer of them will probably be auditioning for Bob the Builder”.

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