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  • Administering medicines in school: guidance What 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 consent Find 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 forms Is 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.
  • EpiPens in school: guidance and risk assessments Find guidance on keeping spare EpiPens on site and administering them to certain pupils in an emergency. Plus, find examples of consent forms and risk assessments.
  • First aid provision: requirements and guidance Find out what you need to do to comply with requirements on first aid provision in schools and early years settings. Also see the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE's) guidance on first aid during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Individual healthcare plans: guidance, templates and examples Is 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.
  • Supporting pupils with asthma Get government advice on supporting pupils with asthma and on the use of emergency inhalers, including guidance on staff responsibilities, parental consent and policies.
  • Supporting pupils with complex medical needs Find out about the statutory requirements around pupils with complex medical needs, and how to seek additional help if you are struggling to support them.
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  • Facebook for teachers: 'cheat sheet' Help your staff to keep their social media profiles secure and to know what to do if they're contacted by a pupil or parent online.
  • Keeping school pets: guidance Can 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 pupils Get 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 pupils Find 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 Read advice on lunchtime supervision requirements, including guidance from the NEU and DfE, and see examples of school policies that cover lunchtime breaks.
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  • Accident recording and reporting: requirements and guidance Get to grips with the statutory requirements for recording and reporting accidents and incidents on your school site, including the additional rules for early years settings and special schools.
  • Business continuity plans Have a look at examples of business continuity plans, including local authority templates and plans from primary, secondary and special schools.
  • Coronavirus: how to respond to a suspected case UpdatedDownload our flowcharts outlining what to do if a pupil or staff member develops coronavirus symptoms, or gets a positive lateral flow test result at home or in school.
  • Coronavirus: outbreak management plan template UpdatedThe DfE recommends you create a contingency plan that outlines what your school would do in response to a local outbreak of COVID-19. Download and adapt our template to save you time writing your own.
  • Coronavirus: safety guidance summary and risk assessment update guide UpdatedFind out how you should update your risk assessment in light of new rules as part of the government's decision to end coronavirus Plan B measures. Get a summary of key health and safety measures from the DfE's operational guidance.
  • Coronavirus testing for pupils and staff: what you need to know and do UpdatedFind out what the current rules are for staff and pupil testing in schools, and what you should do to prepare for future changes.
  • COVID-19 resources Get the support you need to implement safety measures, manage the easing of restrictions and make best use of government funding so you can keep your school moving forward through the pandemic.
  • Emergency school closures: guidance Is 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: guidance Find out how to maintain fire safety and run fire drills during coronavirus and beyond. See examples of fire drill and evacuation policies from schools.
  • Fire safety: emergency evacuation procedures Learn about your school's requirements for fire evacuation and see example fire emergency planning policies.
  • Forms for recording and reporting violent incidents Are 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.
  • Personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs): templates See templates for personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs) for individuals with disabilities, including examples from schools, fire and rescue services and the government. Get tips too on how to write a PEEP.
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  • Coronavirus: how to safely run your open evenings Use our checklist to help you decide whether socially-distanced open days, evenings and other events are feasible for your school. If not, use our template to plan your virtual open event, with inspiration from schools across the country.
  • Coronavirus: visitor agreement Help keep visitors, pupils and staff safe when people visit your school with our model agreement. Use it to share important information about safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic with visitors.
  • Dealing with abusive or aggressive visitors in school Find out what you can do to deal with an abusive or aggressive visitor. You'll also learn how to manage challenging interactions with parents who have mental health issues.
  • Fire safety in schools: guidance Understand 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 audit: template and examples Use our template to help you conduct a health and safety audit in your school. See examples of audit and inspection checklists from local authorities.
  • Health and safety checklist: school office Download and use our checklist to assess the health and safety arrangements in your school offices, and record any actions you need to take.
  • Health and safety checklists for classrooms Use 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.
  • Health and safety: regular duties for schools Find out which health and safety checks you should perform daily, weekly, termly and annually to stay on top of your statutory duties, and see examples of other schools' regular health and safety checks.
  • Signing visitors in and out It's up to you whether you ask visitors to sign in and out. Find out what to consider when deciding, and have a look at the approaches some schools take.
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  • Coronavirus: school trip risk assessment Download our template risk assessment to help you document the control measures you'll have in place for day trips and overnight domestic visits you're planning for the summer term.
  • Educational visits: planning checklists Is 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.
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