Children denied chance to develop 'resilience' by too strict health and safety rules, warns Ofsted chie

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Children denied chance to develop 'resilience' by too strict health and safety rules, warns Ofsted chie

Post by Thorin on Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:44 am

Children are being denied the chance to develop “resilience and grit” because of schools’ over-zealous health and safety policies, the chief inspector of schools says. Amanda Spielman said schools must stop trying “to wrap them in cotton wool” because it leaves them ill-prepared for the challenges of later life.

Schools had to do more to “distinguish between real and imagined risk”, she said, adding that Ofsted will now train its inspectors to ensure schools are not rewarded for overbearing policies. Ms Spielman, who took over as chief inspector in March, said children must stop being forced to wear hi-vis jackets on school trips “like troupes of mini-construction workers minus the hard hats”.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Ms Spielman said an “over-cautious culture has developed in our schools” that was holding back children and limiting their experiences.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/05/children-denied-chance-develop-resilience-strict-health-safety/

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