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School making changes after blades incident
2:15pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Headlines
AN emergency inspection at an independent school found safeguarding procedures “insufficiently robust” after pupils cut themselves with blades during an art history lesson.
The teacher who oversaw the lesson at Ringwood Waldorf School was suspended and later resigned from her post.
An investigation was carried out by the School Inspection Service (SIS) and the report said: “Procedures for safeguarding are at present insufficiently robust.
“This is because standards about the welfare, health and safety of pupils at the school are not met.”
School administrator Nigel Revill said: “Following an incident during an art history lesson at the Ringwood Waldorf School in March, an inspection was carried out by the School Inspection Service (SIS).
“As a result the SIS has made several recommendations, which we are implementing in line with the timescales set by the SIS and the Department for Education (DfE).
“The inspection stated that our safeguarding policy is appropriate in most respects but concluded that improvements were needed in how we deal with potential complaints against staff.
“The report also recommends we keep a record of our staff members’ child protection training, better monitor the school’s safeguarding provision, and make it easier for parents to access our safeguarding policy.
“We fully accept these recommendations.
“The incident itself involved a part-time teacher, who acted independently without our knowledge.
“The teacher concerned resigned during the disciplinary process. She is no longer employed by the school and we have no plans to re-instate her.
“We reported the incident to the DfE and conducted a review of our policies in May, which resulted in us amending our safeguarding policies in line with those of the local authority.
“This was an isolated event, which should not detract from the excellent quality of daily teaching in a supportive, nurturing, educational environment for 240 students.”
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