Employees are often the first to realise that there may be something seriously wrong within their school. However, they may not express their growing concerns because they feel that speaking up would be disloyal to their colleagues or to the school. They may also fear harassment or victimisation. In these circumstances, it may be easier to ignore the concern rather than report what may be just suspicion of malpractice and wrong-doing at work.
The school’s governing body is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity and accountability. In line with this commitment, we encourage employees and others with genuine concerns about any of the school governing body’s work to come forward and voice those concerns. This policy document makes it clear that employees can do so without fear of reprisals. The whistleblowing policy is intended to encourage and enable employees to raise such concerns within the school rather than overlooking a problem.
The full Meadowhead School policy can be read below, together with that of Sheffield City Council.