SCHOOLS | 8 ways to keep your classrooms health and safety compliant

Children flourish in a safe and secure learning environment – and this starts in the classroom. Pupils and teachers spend most of their day in the classroom, and while not inherently a high-risk environment, ensuring risk is properly assessed and managed is essential to fulfilling your duty of care.  But where do you start with […]

Health and safety on school trips | 2020 guide for schools

Out-of-school activities are important both educationally and in terms of wider personal development. They add to the curriculum, build confidence and increase skills. However, with the threat of HSE involvement should accidents occur, and the need to evidence that health and safety hazards were identified and risk properly managed, schools often shy away from trips […]

Avoiding unconscious bias in disciplinary proceedings

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An interesting decision from the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has shown the importance of following correct procedures. The case in question has highlighted that failings in investigation and disciplinary proceedings can lead to a Tribunal finding that the reason for those failings were discriminatory – possibly on the basis of unconscious bias on the part of […]

HSE Issues Platform Lift Safety Alert

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The Health and Safety Executive has issued a safety warning after lives have been put at risk through bad-habit use of platform lifts. What are platform lifts? Platform lifts are vertical lifting platforms. Like traditional passenger lifts, they provide access between floors. Platform lifts are hydraulically or electrically powered and usually operate over two to […]

EDUCATION | Interview questions to avoid asking potential employees

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There are few sectors where a rigorous recruitment process matters more than in education. With overall pupil numbers projected to rise by 5% between 2018 and 2024, it’s more important than ever for employers in the education sector to really refine their interview technique. When screening potential teaching staff, you want to make sure that […]

H&S NEWS | Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Nine hair and beauty workers from Havering College of Further and Higher Education have been awarded more than £100,000 in damages after being poisoned by carbon monoxide.  The court was told the workers suffered “vice-like” headaches, dizziness, fatigue, vomiting and hair loss. They frequently consulted doctors to try and discover the cause of their symptoms.  […]

SCHOOLS | Health & Safety Fears over bags?

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Senior pupils have been banned from carrying school bags over concerns they pose a Health and Safety risk. Spalding Grammar School has banned sixth formers from carrying bags between lessons. The school say the decision was made to prevent injury to younger pupils. They believe there was an increasing risk of injury because of ‘ever-larger […]

SCHOOLS | 8 ways to keep your classrooms health and safety compliant

Children flourish in a safe and secure learning environment – and this starts in the classroom. Pupils and teachers spend most of their day in the classroom, and while not inherently a high-risk environment, ensuring risk is properly assessed and managed is essential to fulfilling your duty of care.  But where do you start with […]

EDUCATION BUDGET CUTS | Dealing with restructuring

Concerns about years of budget cuts have reached crisis point. Hundreds of head teachers marched at Downing Street to make their worries known. Head teachers have been forced to make difficult decisions, including increasing class sizes, cutting subjects and reducing or scrapping support services for vulnerable children and teenagers. Many have also considered making redundancies […]

STRESS IN EDUCATION | What can be done?

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Teachers have taken 1.3 million days off as a result of stress and poor mental health in the last four years. It is yet another reminder of the immense pressure facing those in the teaching profession. 0 Million Days off as a result of stress and poor mental health Stress in teaching With reportedly overwhelming […]