You are here:

  • 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.
  • 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. Read also the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE's) guidance on first aid during coronavirus.
  • 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.
  • Individual healthcare plans: when should pupils have one? Which pupils require an individual healthcare plan (IHP)? In this article, we relay guidance from the DfE about when a pupil might need to have an IHP. We also include advice about pupils with temporary medical conditions.
  • Keeping and using EpiPens in school Schools 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 asthma Get 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.
  • 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.
Show all articles
  • 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.
Show all articles
  • 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, and 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.
  • 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, from schools, a fire and rescue service and the government.
  • Severe weather: how to prepare Make 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.
Show all articles
  • 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. You can also 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 yearly. We also signpost to examples from other schools on their 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.
Show all articles
  • 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.
  • Parents accompanying pupils on school trips Know 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 attack Is 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.
Show all articles