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Inspectors could judge schools on how they tackle knife crime

Schools should be judged by inspectors on how effectively they are rooting out knife crime, Sadiq Khan has suggested.

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London's mayor said he wanted Ofsted to include in its school safeguarding standards whether pupils were being kept safe from blades and deterred from carrying them.

London has endured a spate of knife deaths in 2017, with more than 30 of the 65 victims this year under 25.

Mr Khan labelled it an epidemic and said action was required from inspectors because many schools were reluctant to confront the issue out of fear for their reputations.

One of the things we have seen is that there are some schools that are nervous about talking about knife issues and safety issues in their schools because they are worried about being stigmatised or labelled as an unsafe school. What is clear is that safeguarding should be a priority for all schools, keeping young people, students, safe should be a priority for all schools - we want to make sure all schools are teaching children about the dangers of carrying a knife. One of the ways to do that is to encourage Ofsted - as part of the inspection regime they have got to inspect safeguarding - to include in that, 'Is a school doing all they can to keep people safe in particular in relation to knife crime, carrying a knife?'.

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London