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'What happened in Rotherham could happen anywhere'

What happened in Rotherham could "could happen anywhere", a victim of abuse in the town told ITV News.

The girl, one of an estimated 1,400 child sex victims in the area, said: "It can happen to anyone. It's not just a problem in Rotherham. It's a problem all over the country.

"What officials need to do is acknowledge that it's a problem and show that they are going to tackle it. Not just say yes, we know it's a problem, but to start and prove to people that they are going to challenge it."

Rotherham's new director of children's services Jane Parfrement said any council worker not up to the job faces the sack.

An Ofsted report into child sexual exploitation identified seven other problem areas in the England where services need to be improved.

It said Brent, Bristol, Camden, Kent, Luton, Oldham and Rochdale, are "not responding to child sexual exploitation consistently or well" and leaving children "exposed to risk of harm".



Ofsted: 'Not enough to wait for the next scandal'

Ofsted's national director for social care has said it not enough to 'simply wait for the next scandal to happen' in a damning report on councils' response to child sexual exploitation.

While we have found examples of excellent frontline practice, it is clear that some areas have moved faster, further and more effectively than others.

It is not enough to simply wait for the next scandal to happen. We are calling on all local authorities and their partners to ensure that they have a comprehensive multi-agency strategy and action plan in place to tackle child sexual exploitation.

– Debbie Jones, Ofsted's national director for social care

Ofsted: Councils 'too slow' over child sexual exploitation

The education watchdog has warned that the most vulnerable children in society are at risk of sexual exploitation due to unacceptable failings by social services, health workers and police.

Ofsted: Councils 'too slow' over child sexual exploitation Credit: PA

Ofsted said local authorities have been "too slow" to face up to their responsibilities in preventing child sexual exploitation while those designed to protect young people had failed to share information with others.

Arrangements to tackle sexual exploitation at a local level were described as "underdeveloped", while leadership was criticised as being "frequently lacking".

Ofsted: Most children want 'order in the classroom'

More must be done to curb poor discipline in schools, as the majority of pupils want "order in the classroom", the head of Ofsted told Good Morning Britain.

Sir Michael Wilshaw explained: "They don't want to odd individual - the Jack the lad and the Sally showoff if you like - to ruin their education."

Ofsted 'adding note of fear and uncertainty' in schools

The education watchdog is "adding a note of fear and uncertainty" in schools by changing what they define as good behaviour and failing to be clear about what they expect.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said there was no evidence of a discipline crisis in schools.

Ofsted is contradicting itself. Reports from its routine inspections say behaviour is good or outstanding in 83% of all schools. That's not yet perfect but it shows a massive improvement.

What is the explanation for these contradictions? Firstly, Ofsted have changed the definition of behaviour. It would help if they had been clear about that and given the system time to clear the new hurdles. It is not 'failure' when you are asking more of people.

We also feel that Ofsted are intentionally adding a note of fear and uncertainty across the education system, seeking to contradict the Department's attempts to rebuild the shattered confidence of teachers and leaders.

Ofsted is appearing to set education policy rather than inspect the implementation of policy - and the Department should be wary of ceding such powers to unelected officials.

– Russell Hobby


Idle chatter 'most common form' of poor discipline

Children interrupting their learning because they are talking to a friend is the most common form of poor discipline,

Idle chatter interrupted almost every lesson, according to some of the teachers interviewed by the education watchdog.

Their report found:

  • Some 69% of teachers and almost half of parents (46%) said children chatting about a subject not related to their work was a problem.
  • Another 38% said disturbing other children was a problem in class.
  • Calling out (35%), not getting on with work (31%), and fidgeting or fiddling with equipment (23%), were a top problem.
  • Some 19% of teachers said pupils not having the correct equipment was a frequent occurrence.
  • Purposely making noise to gain attention was pointed to by another 19% of teachers.
  • While 14% said answering back or questioning instructions was a problem, with other teachers citing use or mobile devices (11%) and swinging on chairs (11%) as a sign of poor discipline.

Pupils lose an hour 'because of bad behaviour'

School children are losing an hour of their learning time every day because of bad behaviour, a scathing report from the schools watchdog has revealed.

The behaviour is more pronounced in secondary schools, Ofsted said. Credit: PA

Chatting, calling out, swinging on chairs, passing notes and using mobile phones are "very common" in English schools, Ofsted found.

When added up across the academic year, pupils will lose 38 days of teaching each year to "low level" bad behaviour, the watchdog said.

The report also hit out at head-teachers, as too many heads, particularly in secondary schools, "underestimate the prevalence and negative impact of low-level disruptive behaviour".

In the last year schools serving almost 450,000 pupils have been judged below good for behaviour.

Ofsted head says 'sloppy attitudes' cost teens jobs

Too many school leavers miss out on jobs because of a "sloppy attitude" to timekeeping, a failure to dress smartly and an inability to speak properly, the chief inspector of schools has said.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, said education standards had to be raised to improve teenagers' personal and people skills, with more than one million people aged between 19 and 24 out of work. He said:

Sir Michael Wilshaw's comments came as an Ofsted report criticised school sixth forms and colleges for failing to teach 'employability skills'. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Many employers complain that far too many young people looking for work have not been taught the skills, attitudes and behaviours they need to be successful.

It means they have a sloppy attitude to punctuality. It means they are far too relaxed in terms of meeting deadlines. It means that far too many young people are lackadaisical in the way they present themselves for work.

If they dress inappropriately, speak inappropriately and have poor social skills, they are not going to get a job.

– Sir Michael Wilshaw

An Ofsted report said too many education institutions were focused on academic results over aiding the personal development of soon-to-be school leavers.

Ofsted chief: Child's grades 'not about poverty'

Sir Michael Wilshaw suggested that if parents love their children they should support them in schools. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Poverty is being used as an excuse for failure by white working-class families, Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw argued in an interview to The Times (£).

Sir Wilshaw was commenting on a government report into extending school hours for poorer children, where extended school hours would give children somewhere to do their homework.

He said: "It's not about income or poverty. Where families believe in education they do well. If they love their children they should support them in schools."

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