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Last reviewed on 6 August 2018
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If you're deciding whether to allow dogs on your school site, read up on the relevant rules here, including health and safety law, Public Spaces Protection Orders, and equality law.

Use 'common sense' to ensure health and safety

Your school must take steps to ensure that your staff and pupils are safe in school, as explained by Department for Education guidance.

This guidance doesn't specifically mention dogs, although the schools minister Nick Gibb has said in parliamentary questions:

In any circumstances where dogs are brought into the premises, we would expect schools to take common sense steps to ensure that the health and safety of those in the school is adequately protected. For instance, ensuring that dogs are controlled and any fouling is cleared by the owners or handlers.

You must accommodate guide dogs

You have a duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to ensure that disabled people are not discriminated against, under the Equality Act 2010

Where a person has a registered assistance

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