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Ofsted rate Little Ducklings Nursery as good

The Little Ducklings nursery in Harmsworth Crescent, Brighton, was told it “required improvement” last year. Ofsted inspectors reported staff did not know how to protect children from extremism. Workers were told they had to learn how to spot when youngsters may be at risk of being radicalised by family members or others. Government inspectors at the time felt staff needed to brush up on their “safeguarding” skills. But after a recent inspection, Ofsted has raised the nursery’s status to “good”. Read more

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Muslim girls should not be forced to wear a hijab at school simply because of pressures at home, head of Ofsted says

Muslim girls should not be forced to wear headscarves in schools just because they are facing pressures from their families, the head of Ofsted has suggested. Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of Ofsted, made the comments as she was grilled by MPs about Muslim primary school children being questioned about hijabs during inspections. It follows a recommendation by the schools watchdog in 2017 that officials should ask girls who wear garments such as hijabs “why they do so in school”. Read more

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Pre-school teachers criticised for failing to spot signs of extremism and radicalisation

Staff at a pre-school in Hove have been criticised by government inspectors for failing to spot the early signs of radicalisation in its children aged two to five. Little Ducklings, which was previously given an ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted inspectors, has been told it now requires improvement. The new Ofsted report said the nursery ‘must ensure all staff use the information gained through training to improve their knowledge of the prevent duty and wider safeguarding issues’ by tomorrow in order to meet the requirements of the early years foundation stage and the Childcare Register. Read more