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Leading School Safeguarding - DSL Team Training


Online course

Book for 23 June

Member - £149
Non-Member - £230

Facilitator - Philippa Ollerhead

This course brings the designated safeguarding team staff and safeguarding governors completely up to date with current safeguarding legislation. Delegates will learn about the key updates within Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) September 2021 and the implications for safeguarding within the inspection framework including specific advice on implementing the new behaviour criteria and supporting the well-being agenda.

Following the recent Ofsted review, this course will support delegates to consider the greater focus within the inspection framework and KCSIE on peer-to-peer abuse, sexual harassment and sexual violence.

You will be given time to focus on exploring how staff perceive safeguarding leadership and discussing together how safeguarding values are interpreted within schools.

An additional element of this course is the inclusion of a safer recruitment section, to ensure the DSL team are upskilled in all of the elements of safer recruitment which have been introduced into KCSIE. This includes new advice on the advertisement stage, short-listing, interview and appointment, and is essential information for school leadership prior to the next round of staff recruitment.


Senior staff, school leaders, DSLs, Deputy DSLs and safeguarding governors in all sectors


  • Ensure that you are up to date with the latest safeguarding statutory guidance from the DfE and Ofsted
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the behaviour expectations within the inspection framework
  • Focus on best practice techniques for school leadership of safeguarding
  • Ensure that internal school response procedures are robust
  • Evaluate how you embed peer-to-peer abuse, sexual harassment and sexual violence into the school curriculum
  • Assess your own site security and understand the requirements of the Health and Safety Executive


  • Understand the latest statutory requirements for safeguarding pupils and staff (KCSIE September 2021)
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the signs and indicators of abuse including peer-to-peer abuse, sexual harassment and sexual violence
  • Assess your current practices for managing concerns and disclosures
  • Understand the expectations of the role of the Safeguarding Governor
  • Learn about safer recruitment updates
  • Develop a clear understanding of response to allegations against staff members
  • Learn how to evaluate your current site security according to the Health and Safety Executive guidelines


Philippa Ollerhead

Philippa has had a long career in education, having been a Head of English, a Vice Principal of a large sixth form college in Greater Manchester, Head teacher of a pupil referral unit and Head teacher of a secondary alternative provision school. Philippa is formally trained every academic year in the rigorous of the common inspection framework in order to prepare primary and secondary schools for Ofsted visits.

Philippa is a training partner for the NAHT, delivering courses for Head teachers across the country, in subjects such as Removing the Stress from Ofsted Inspections, Safeguarding, Financial Transparency for Maintained Schools, Growing MAT structures and An Introduction to Executive Headship.

Philippa has been an education improvement adviser for 6 years and works with schools in all sectors around the country supporting school leaders.