The government should hold an urgent inquiry into claims of a “rape culture” in some schools, Labour has said.
It comes after the chair of parliament’s education committee said the government need to seriously look into claims made about more than 100 establishments.
Opposition leader Keir Starmer on Monday backed a call by the chair of the education select committee for an investigation into the allegations.
“I’m really worried about what we are seeing over recent days and I know many parents will be, many school teachers and staff and, of course, young people,” Sir Keir told reporters.
“There’s got to be an inquiry and it has got to get going very fast, this is serious.”
The Labour leader added: “There is of course a criminal investigation and I would encourage anybody who can to come forward and give evidence in that investigation, come forward and say what has been happening.
“There’s a wider issue here – because we have seen this in other institutions, in other areas – and there needs to be not just grip, but cultural change as well.
“Cultural change in terms of behaviour in our schools and in our young people, but also in the respect that is shown particularly for women and girls.”