Research and analysis

Knife crime: safeguarding children and young people in education

Ofsted carried out a research project on knife crime in education. This report sets out our findings and recommendations.



Ofsted carried out research in 29 schools, colleges and pupil referral units (PRUs) in London.

The research looked at 3 broad questions:

  1. What are schools, colleges and PRUs in London doing to safeguard children and learners from knife crime while on school premises?
  2. How are schools, colleges and PRUs in London giving children the knowledge and skills to stay safer in their local communities?
  3. How are exclusions being used when children bring knives to school?
Published 12 March 2019