Administering medicines in school: guidanceWhat guidance is there on administering medicines to pupils? This article summarises key points in guidance from the Department for Education on administering medicines in schools and the early years. You will also find a KeyDoc with advice for staff on administering medicines to pupils.
Administering medicines: parental consentFind out how you can seek permission to give non-prescription medicines to pupils, and what to do if a parent doesn't consent. Plus, download and use our multi-purpose consent form.
Administering medicines: template record formsIs there a template for recording which pupils we have administered medicine to? We point to a template form for recording all medication administered to pupils, and one for recording medication administered to individual pupils. We also provide guidance on how long to store these records.
First aid provision: requirements and guidanceFind out what you need to do to comply with requirements on first aid provision in schools and early years settings. Read also the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE's) guidance on first aid during coronavirus.
Individual healthcare plans: guidance, templates and examplesIs there a set format for individual healthcare plans (IHPs)? The Department for Education (DfE) explains that there is no set format, as IHPs will vary based on individual needs. We point to examples of IHPs, including a template from the DfE, and look at what they should include.
Keeping and using EpiPens in schoolSchools can keep spare EpiPens on site and administer them to certain pupils in an emergency. We summarise guidance from the Department of Health on how to do this safely and link to examples of parental consent forms.
Supporting pupils with asthmaGet advice from the DfE and Department of Health on supporting pupils with asthma and the use of emergency inhalers, including guidance on staff responsibilities, parental consent and policies.
Keeping school pets: guidanceCan we keep a school pet? We explain that it is up to schools whether to keep a pet, although it is not recommended by animal welfare charities. This article relays guidance on keeping exotic pets and handling animals in school, and links to examples of pet policies.
Managing late collection of pupilsGet expert advice on what to do if parents don't collect their children from school on time, or fail to collect them. See examples of school policies on late or non-collection.
Schools' duty of care to pupilsFind out about your school's duty of care to pupils, when you might be held liable for an injury and how to minimise the risk of this happening.
Supervision of pupils during breaks and lunchtimes (primary)Are there lunchtime supervision requirements in primary schools? This article cites advice from the DfE and looks at school policies, including examples of how schools manage pupils using the toilets during breaks. It also links to The Key’s article on EYFS supervision requirements.
Business continuity plansHave a look at examples of business continuity plans, including local authority templates and plans from primary, secondary and special schools.
Emergency school closures: guidanceIs there guidance on closing a school in emergencies? We link to advice from the DfE on when schools may close. We also link to Ofsted guidance on inspections that fall on a day where the school has closed due to an emergency, and examples of closure procedures from LAs.
Fire drills: guidanceFind out how to maintain fire safety and run fire drills during coronavirus and beyond. See examples of fire drill and evacuation policies from schools.
Forms for recording and reporting violent incidentsAre there examples of violence report forms? In this article you will find forms for reporting violent and aggressive incidents, including examples from the HSE and two schools. We also link to another article from The Key which sets out the requirements for reporting incidents.
Severe weather: how to prepareMake sure you know what to do if severe weather such as snow or flooding is on the horizon, including the decisions you'll need to make about closing the school. Download our template risk assessment to support your decision-making.
Fire safety in schools: guidanceUnderstand guidance on fire safety in schools, including fire alarms, soft furnishings and staff training, and read expert advice from the London Fire Brigade and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
Health and safety checklists for classroomsUse these health and safety checklists for classrooms to save you time and make sure staff and pupils are working in a safe environment. Download our KeyDoc checklist for specialist classrooms to use alongside a checklist from the Health and Safety Executive for generic classrooms.
Educational visits: planning checklistsIs there a checklist for planning an educational visit? We relay advice from the Department for Education on using checklists when planning visits. This article also includes a KeyDoc checklist of health and safety considerations, and links to examples from local authorities and schools.
Parents accompanying pupils on school tripsKnow what to consider when parent volunteers take part in an educational visit. Make sure you understand who has duty of care, whether DBS checks are necessary, and how to make sure insurance issues are covered.
School trips following a terrorist attackIs there advice on managing school trips following a terrorist attack? We relay expert advice on managing risks during a school trip after a terrorist attack, and look at guidance on responding to incidents during a visit. We also link to examples of risk assessments for offsite visits.