Wednesday, February 24News For London

New Ofsted report – “Parents should not abdicate their responsibility”

With the age of knife crime victims falling and the rate of childhood obesity rising, Amanda Spielman chief inspector for schools, declares parents mustn’t ‘abdicate their responsibility’ by expecting schools to raise their children for them.

An Ofsted report, which will be released on Tuesday, will highlight the growing difficulties schools are facing as a result of parents neglecting their responsibilities at home.

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Teachers are known to develop good relationships with their pupils, however the growing demand on schools risks the role of teachers becoming blurred.

The report looks into the growing evidence that parents are bringing their children into school unable to use a toilet.

“This is difficult for teachers, disruptive for other children and has a terrible social impact on the children affected. This is wrong.”

In response to the chief inspectors statement, primary school teacher Ms Okelodu said: “I have personally faced pressure as a teacher to go beyond my role as an educator. As a teacher you develop a relationship with your students so it is hard not to stretch yourself to help in any way you can. But it is not our responsibility.”

Stabbings in London have risen by 16% in 2018 and many of the victims have been teenagers. Last month, Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, suggested that schools should be judged on how they tackle the issues of knife crime.

Schools have adopted the role to educate young people about the danger of knives however, they should not be expected to be a ‘panacea for this particular societal ill’ according to Ofsted chief.

Spielman also raises the issue of childhood obesity. Following the recent revelation by Ofsted research that there is no ‘discernible link’ between obesity rates and school interventions, she will argue that ‘It is an issue which sits largely beyond the school gates’.

Esther, mother of five said: “I agree that parents should be responsible for raising children. However, in the event that a parent is falling short of this, schools and the government should have a scheme that educates and provides support for these parents. We should work together.”

Twitter user @VickiStapley seems to disagree with this point as she suggest parents should be able to raise their children without intervention from schools.

The full annual report will be published following a conference on Tuesday. This strong stance by the chief inspector for schools will surely spark debate.

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