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he Government is coming under mounting pressure to order an independent inquiry following an outpouring of complaints of sexual abuse in schools.

Labour called for “swift and decisive action” after more than 8,000 reports were posted on the Everyone’s Invited website where pupils can anonymously share their experiences of misogyny, harassment, abuse and assault.

Meanwhile the Conservative MP who oversaw a report into the issue in 2016 said schools regulator Ofsted should conduct a “deep dive” to establish what was happening.

Maria Miller former chairwoman of the Commons Women and Equalities Committee, said it appeared nothing had changed in the five years since it published its findings.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson described the allegations which have emerged in recent days as “shocking and abhorrent”.

Soma Sara, who founded Everyone’s Invited, has said a “rape culture” is “endemic” within the education system.

Conservative MP Maria Miller / PA Archive

In a letter to Mr Williamson, shadow education secretary Kate Green and shadow domestic violence and safeguarding minister Jess Phillips called on the Government to develop a national strategy to tackle the issue.

“Swift and decisive action is needed to make sure that the education system is safe for every young person, and that sexist or misogynistic attitudes towards women and girls are stamped out early,” they said.

Ms Green said: “It is extremely concerning to see these reports of sexual harassment and abuse across the education system.

“Ministers have let young people down with their dangerous and irresponsible resistance to calls for a strategy to tackle sexism and sexual harassment in the education system.”

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