Time to put a stop of over-cautious safety rules

Teachers must stop trying to wrap children in cotton wool with over-the-top health and safety policies, the chief inspector of schools in England has said.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Amanda Spielman said it stopped the children developing resilience and grit.

She wants the education watchdog Ofsted to prepare new guidance for schools inspectors in England.

Ms Spielman said making pupils wear high-vis vests on trips made them look like mini-builders minus the hard hats.

My message to schools is this – keeping children safe from harm should always be your overriding concern but in doing so make sure you distinguish between real and imagined risk.

Ms Spielman said she looked forward to seeing more eager young faces on trips in the next school year but hopes “fewer of them will be auditioning for Bob the Builder”.


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