Ofsted: Security

Department for Education written question – answered at on 5 January 2018.

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Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the Chief Inspector of Schools and her staff and offices in the light of threatened attacks following Ofsted's criticism of faith-based schools.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

It is imperative that Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector and her staff feel able to carry out their responsibilities and report their findings without fear or favour. The Cabinet Office sets security policy for government, which all departments, including Ofsted, follow. Any concerns that Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector or her staff have regarding their personal safety or building security would in the first instance, be discussed with the police who would consider the nature of any threats, provide appropriate security advice and recommend any further measures.

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