Colleges are expected to recognise their wider responsibilities on tackling sexual harassment, despite it not being compulsory for them to offer relationships, sex and health education (RSHE), Ofsted has said.
Amanda Spielman, chief inspector of Ofsted, said: “The job that colleges are expected to do, as well as schools, is to set a healthy culture, to make sure that young people’s personal development and wider wellbeing is given attention. “We judge colleges on personal development, so whether they do this through requiring an RSE lesson or through other means, what’s important is that they recognise their wider responsibilities and address it through one means or another, and that’s the kind of thing that inspection tests.”
- training to ensure that all staff (and governors, where relevant) are able to:
- better understand the definitions of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including online sexual abuse
- identify early signs of peer-on-peer sexual abuse
- consistently uphold standards in their responses to sexual harassment and online sexual abuse
New guidance will be issued and training webinars held over the coming months to support all staff and governors in fulfilling their duty to keep children (and adults) safe.