School inspectors to rate LGBT provisions

school children September 30th, 2011 by Ruth.Pearce

Inspection body Ofsted will examine how well schools provide for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexed pupils following the introduction of new guidelines in January 2012. 

A draft evaluation schedule for the inspection of state schools states that it is “important to test the school’s response to individual needs by observing how well it helps all pupils to make progress and fulfil their potential, especially those whose needs, dispositions, aptitudes or circumstances require particularly perceptive and expert teaching and/or additional support.”

Inspectors will be expected to investigate how well schools provide for “lesbian, gay and bisexual” pupils, “transsexual pupils”, and numerous other groups including minority ethnic children, young carers, and those who are academically more or less able.

A number of senior teachers reacted negatively to the proposals. “I’m not aware of any way in which such pupils might be identified in a school,” said Brian Lightman of the Association of School and College Leaders.

“It would be inappropriate for any headteacher to pry into the private lives of children.”

Provisions for different groups form just a small part of the new Ofsted guidelines. The draft documents primarily addresses the inspection of pupil attainment, teaching quality, and standards of behaviour.

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