Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pupils Were Put at Risk; BACKGROUND CHECKS NOT CARRIED OUT ON STAFF, OFSTED FINDS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pupils Were Put at Risk; BACKGROUND CHECKS NOT CARRIED OUT ON STAFF, OFSTED FINDS

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Byline: HANNAH GRAHAM Reporter hannah.graham@trinitymirror.com

PUPILS at a Jewish boarding school where full background checks were not carried out on staff have been put at risk - inspectors have claimed.

The Yeshiva Lezeirim Preparatory Academy, in Gateshead, offers a year of schooling to Orthodox Jewish boys aged 15-16, aimed at preparing them for further study in aspects of the faith.

But a recent visit by Ofsted found that safeguarding arrangements were not good enough, and pupils weren't making enough progress in non-religious aspects of the curriculum.

Inspectors examined both the teaching and education at the boarding school, and the quality of social care for the children who stay over in the boarding house, in separate inspections.

It was judged to be inadequate in both reports.

Policies intended to keep pupils safe did not meet national standards, inspectors found. Insufficient checks were made on staff background, meaning "the school may employ people who are not suitable to care for the pupils".

Inspectors said: "There are a number of unmet national minimum standards that put pupils' welfare at risk."

Regarding concerns school " They added: "School leaders' knowledge andcompliance to issues understanding of appropriate safeguarding practice is weak.

"Safeguarding arrangements will not protect pupils in the event that there are concerns or allegations that they have been harmed."

Staff were not trained well enough to respond to signs of abuse, with more training needed in issues like child sexual exploitation and radicalisation.

There is no suggestion within the report that any pupils have in fact been harmed or neglected, and pupils said they "trusted" staff and felt "looked after".

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