Safe to learn

Factors that contribute to a safer learning environment for all pupils

In Northumberland we promote the understanding that every child has the right to learn and flourish in a safe, discrimination-free environment. There is evidence to demonstrate that children and young people are most likely to fulfil their potential in schools where health and well-being are prioritised.

Schools in Northumberland contribute significantly to improving the life chances of all young people by taking steps to ensure that they are all safe to learn. The statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children, including safer recruitment. Keeping Children Safe in Education was published in April 2014.

From August 2014 there is a guidance document for Ofsted Inspectors to Inspecting safeguarding in schools.

The Health and Wellbeing Team, through our SLA has a range of packages available to support schools to address responsible citizenship, protective behaviours, self-esteem and anti-discriminatory strategies and teaching.

All schools should continue to challenge, record and tackle all forms of bullying, including homophobic and racist incidents and any kind of discriminatory language, including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language.

The following links will take you to organisations and web sites which support the development of a safe learning environment in your school:

Useful documents