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Trainee teachers don't understand safeguarding.

Trainee teachers don't understand safeguarding.

Inspectors find that trainees are unclear about their safeguarding responsibilities towards children

Trainee teachers are not being made fully aware of their future role in safeguarding children, Ofsted warned today.

Understanding safeguarding was one of the areas for improvement flagged up from the first stage inspections of initial teacher education this summer, Angela Milner, Ofsted's specialist HMI for initial teacher education, told a conference today.

Ms Milner told the annual conference of the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) that it was “worrying” that safeguarding was one of the weaker areas of professional training.

“Trainees didn’t actually understand what safeguarding was about and their responsibilities as a teacher,” she said. There was also concern about trainees' knowledge of the Prevent duty and teaching British values.

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