Frequently asked questions

What does the new definition of ‘regulated activity’ mean in relation to adult learners?

Tags: Safeguarding

The new definition of regulated activity relating to adults no longer labels adults as ‘vulnerable’. Read more >

So do volunteers need to be DBS checked?

It is not a person’s status as a volunteer, which determines whether or not they need to be subject to DBS and enhanced checks for regulated activities. Read more >

What does the new definition of ‘regulated activity’ mean in relation to children?

Tags: Safeguarding

The full, legal definition of regulated activity is set out in Schedule 4 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, as amended (in particular by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012). Read more >

What is the Protection of Freedoms Act and how is it relevant to safeguarding?

Tags: Safeguarding

The Protection of Freedoms Act came into effect from 10 September 2012 with a further raft of changes coming into force on1 December 2012. Read more >

What does ‘safeguarding’ cover?

Tags: Safeguarding

All local authorities and education providers, including independent schools, have a statutory duty to exercise their functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of their learners. Read more >

How will inspectors use the National School Categorisation System?

The Welsh Government introduced a National School Categorisation System for all primary schools and secondary schools. Read more >

Can I refuse to let an inspector into my classroom and do inspectors have a legal right to scrutinise my performance appraisal?

Under the legal powers given to the Chief Inspector, inspectors have the legal right to inspect schools, to observe lessons and to scrutinize evidence. Read more >

Will inspectors observe the lessons of supply teachers during the inspection?

Inspectors may observe lessons/sessions taught by a supply teacher or other cover arrangements. Read more >

Will inspectors evaluate the work of support staff?

All staff play a role during an inspection week, not just those who are observed or interviewed. Read more >

What can a teacher or school do if they think an inspection judgement is unfair or if they have concerns about the conduct of an inspection?

If a teacher has a concern, then they should talk in the first instance to the school’s nominee as soon as possible about the issue as they provide the best link to the inspection team. Read more >

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