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Securing Safety, Mental Health and Wellbeing for All




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The OFSTED Education Inspection Framework (September 2019) includes the following guidance

regarding judgements of 'Behaviour and Attitudes' and 'Personal Development':


Inspectors will evaluate the extent to which:

relationships among learners and staff reflect a positive and respectful culture. Leaders, teachers and learners create an environment where bullying, peer-on-peer abuse or discrimination are not tolerated. If they do occur, staff deal with issues quickly and effectively, and do not allow them to spread.


The curriculum and the provider’s wider work support learners to develop their character – including their resilience, confidence and independence – and help them know how to keep physically and mentally healthy.

 The provider prepares learners for life in modern Britain by:

        - equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society

        - developing their understanding and appreciation of diversity

        - celebrating what we have in common and promoting respect for the different protected characteristics

          as defined in law


The OFSTED School Inspection Handbook (September 2019) outlines the factors that contribute most strongly to pupils’ positive behaviour and attitudes, including:


  • an environment in which pupils feel safe, and in which bullying, discrimination and peer-on-peer abuse – online or offline– are not accepted and are dealt with quickly, consistently and effectively whenever they occur.


Similarly, the Handbook outlines the following dimensions of the personal development of pupils on which judgement will focus:


  • developing responsible, respectful and active citizens who are able to play their part and become actively involved in public life as adults

  • promoting an inclusive environment that meets the needs of all pupils, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation

  • developing pupils’ confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally healthy

  • enabling pupils to recognise online and offline risks to their well-being – for example, risks from criminal and sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, substance misuse, gang activity, radicalisation and extremism – and making them aware of the support available to them

  • enabling pupils to recognise the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social media

  • developing pupils’ age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships through appropriate relationship and sex education


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