We are delighted to say that the framework and subsequent handbooks have been amended to reflect the feedback given by the Anti-Bullying Alliance at our member meeting and through our response. The consultation response published by Ofsted said:
The Anti-Bullying Alliance, facilitated by the NCB, suggested that some of the grade descriptors in the draft handbooks about the absence of bullying could simply encourage providers to hide or fail to report it...
…It was not our intention that some of the grade descriptors included in the draft handbooks about the absence of bullying may simply encourage providers to hide or fail to report it. We have reviewed the relevant criteria carefully and now believe that the concern raised about this may be justified. We have therefore amended the criteria relating to bullying. The updated criteria place the emphasis on whether or not providers tolerate bullying, harassment, violence, derogatory language and discriminatory behaviour and, crucially, how swiftly and effectively they take action if these issues occur.
As a result they have changed the framework and handbooks to reflect this. You can read the response at the bottom of this page.