Knife crime survey – Mike Sheridan, Regional Director for London

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Knife crime is a stain on our society. It’s a sickening concern for younger folks, their households and whole communities. In latest occasions, it looks as if not a day goes by with out heart-wrenching headlines telling of one more younger life, tragically taken too quickly. I, like many others, merely can’t sit by with out attempting to assist.

Because of this we commissioned a survey to take a look at how colleges within the capital are safeguarding pupils towards the specter of knife crime on their premises, and the way pupils are being educated on the hazards of carrying a weapon.

Faculties, faculties and others who work with younger folks have a fully important function to play in defending kids from knife crime and serving to them preserve themselves protected from the dangers it poses. And Ofsted is set to help this necessary work.

As a part of this work, we’re asking all headteachers of maintained secondaries and academies, pupil referral items and a few principals of additional training faculties in London to answer a questionnaire about their expertise of knife crime and associated points. We’re sending the hyperlink on to round 700 colleges, pupil referral items and FE faculties.

Their responses will assist inform our analysis. The data they share won’t be used to make judgements about particular person colleges. We’re not seeking to catch anybody out. We wish to perceive what lecturers and leaders are doing to guard their younger folks from knife crime, in order that we are able to study from it and assist different colleges and faculties in creating their very own methods.

Faculties may give data to us anonymously if they want, however in addition they have the choice to determine themselves and even participate in centered visits, which is able to assist to additional our understanding of this situation. We may even be finishing up focus teams with dad and mom of kids who’ve been affected by knife crime.

This isn’t only a London situation – we hope the findings of our report can be of profit to varsities and college leaders in different components of the nation too.

The survey is stay till 19th Could. I urge all colleges and faculties contacted to take part, in order that we are able to collect as a lot helpful data as potential.


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