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 […]

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 […]

School News | Disqualification by association rules axed

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From September 2018, schools will no longer have to adhere to ‘disqualification by association’ rules. Under disqualification by association rules, individuals working with young children are required to apply to Ofsted for a waiver if they live with anyone with convictions or cautions for specified offences. The aim of such rules is to stop individuals […]

Supreme Court rules on obligation to disclose

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Does a head teacher have to reveal a non romantic relationship with someone who has been convicted of making indecent images of children? This was at the crux of the case Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. In this case, the Supreme Court held that it was fair to dismiss a head teacher for her […]

School governors fined after safety failure

Health & Safety in Schools

A primary school’s board of governors has been fined after a pupil trapped her fingers in a toilet door. A court heard the four year old, who had only been at the school for three weeks, was allowed to access the girls’ toilet alone. On hearing screams, staff found the pupil’s fingers were trapped in […]

Health & Safety on school trips

Health & Safety on school trips

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 […]

Embracing flexible working for teachers

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Education secretary, Justine Greening, has announced plans to encourage teachers to work flexibly. The plans announced include: A pilot programme to explore how schools are already boosting the careers of part-time teachers A pilot to bolster the Women Leading in Education coaching offer, so women can continue to obtain professional development support Updating current guidance on flexible […]

Safeguarding in schools

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No school wants to be faced with accusations of systemic failures made by management and leadership around safeguarding. Ellis Whittam supports more than 400 schools and education providers with their Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety challenges, so we know exactly what schools should do in order to keep on top of their safeguarding […]

Managing Schools – A Risky Business

School Health & Safety

Running a school is a risky business. But just how do you define “risk”? By law schools must be run in ways that make sure “so far as is reasonably practicable” that employees, pupils and visitors are not exposed to health or safety risks under the Health and Safety at Work, etc., Act 1974. Local […]