Ethos and environment

Ensuring a safe place for children to thrive

Key question: how does our school’s culture promote respect and value diversity?


  • Physical environment
  • Social environment
  • Emotional environment
  • Relationships in school: staff and pupils; pupils and pupils
  • Sense of belonging to and liking the school

Ofsted expectations

When judging behaviour and welfare, Ofsted looks for evidence of a positive ethos that fosters improvements in the school as well as the promotion of safe practices and a culture of safety. 

As part of the inspection process inspectors will ask to see records and analysis of bullying, including racist, disability and homophobic bullying and will ask young people about their experiences of learning and behaviour in the school, including bullying. The school will be judged on the effectiveness of its actions to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying and harassment.