Following the expansion consultation, the Department for Education has confirmed that the expansion has been approved. Click here to read the letter to parents and carers.

How we Safeguard Pupils at Dysart

Ensuring that pupils are kept safe and secure in school is our top priority at Dysart. We work closely with families and with other professionals to ensure we do this by doing the following:

         Pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe through our bespoke, pupil-centred, curriculum. This includes, but is not limited to: road safety, travel training, E-Safety, Relationships and Sex Education as well as actively promoting British Values throughout the whole curriculum.

         In addition to safeguarding posters for adults, there are ‘pupil-friendly’ safeguarding posters in every classroom so pupils know who they can speak to if they are worried about something.

         All staff receive statutory training at the beginning of the school year, with regular updates throughout the year. We conduct regular random questionnaires of staff throughout the year to ensure that our staff fully understand the school’s safeguarding reporting procedures.

         Adults wear coloured lanyards when on site at Dysart:

  • Blue Lanyards: Dysart Staff
  • Grey Lanyards: Agency / Regular Contractors
  • Yellow Lanyards: Volunteers
  • Orange Lanyards: Governors
  • Red Lanyards: Visitors


    Staff know that individuals with red lanyards should not be unaccompanied when moving around the school and not left alone with pupils.

         Our entire leadership team are trained to Designated Safeguarding Lead standard, ensuring that there is always a number of senior staff available, who are able to listen to concerns and respond in the most appropriate way.

         We have excellent relationships with colleagues working in social care enabling us to support those pupils and families in need of additional social care support in a timely manner.

         We hold regular safeguarding team meetings to ensure we are continuously providing appropriate support to those pupils and their families.

         Regular supervision meetings from OHCAT and from the school’s local governing body ensures that safeguarding at Dysart remains highly effective, including regular checks of the school’s Single Central Record.

You are rightly proud of your work around pupil wellbeing, and ensuring pupils are ready for learning.  This has enabled you to establish a calm and purposeful learning environment for pupils with considerable needs.

Ofsted 2018

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