What Does Ofsted Say?
Ofsted inspections are not in the habit of commenting on commercial products such as safeguarding software, so we were delighted when, in February 2018, an Ofsted inspection team went so far as to mention MyConcern in their inspection report for Trumpington Meadows Primary School in Cambridge. This school has gone from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in under 3 years with an ‘Outstanding’ in personal development, behaviour and welfare. Here’s what they had to say about our system:
There is an exceptionally strong culture of safety in the school due to the excellent recording system introduced by the executive headteacher and very effectively implemented by all staff.
The online recording system covers all safeguarding concerns, and every member of staff has been trained in the system and finds it easy to use. For example, as soon as staff have a concern about a child or a child raises a concern, this is entered into the child’s record. An immediate email is sent to the designated safeguarding leads, who take the concern forward and give appropriate support to the staff member and the pupil.
Designated safeguarding leads work very effectively with external agencies to ensure that all pupils are safe. The new recording system provides a detailed account which external professionals find particularly helpful in making decisions about how best to support families.
In the rare instances of poor behaviour in class or on the playground, the online recording system provides a clear and concise record of the incident.
Previous to this, in June 2015, an Ofsted Inspection report highlighted MyConcern in their report on a primary school in Weymouth that had gone from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’ in just two years:
Statutory safeguarding requirements are met. The school has an innovative database recording system that enables staff to log all concerns, and the headteacher to check and monitor incidents accurately and quickly.