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 in schools where health and well-being are prioritised children are most likely to fulfil their potential.

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. This is scrutinised during Ofsted inspections through the criteria for evaluating behaviour and safety of pupils at the school as well as the judgement regarding overall effectiveness.

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 approaches.

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 language.

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