There are quite a few misapprehensions about the ever-growing school sexual abuse scandal. First, that it is a classist assault on distinguished independent schools; second, how can schools be blamed for safeguarding failings when many of these incidents take place outside their premises; third, that it is the duty and responsibility of the parents, not the schools, to raise their children to be respectful and behave appropriately; and fourth, there is a risk of, effectively, criminalising all boys by default and that a drunken pass at an alcohol-fuelled party will lead to a “Salem witch hunt”, potentially ruining that child’s career for life.

I don’t accept these criticisms, although, within them, lie deep Conservative ideas of responsibility, proportionality and concerns about the growing “woke” culture that has engulfed our education institutions.