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 on school tripsMust we have a first aider on school trips? This article refers to government guidance on first aid provision when off the school premises. We also look at requirements in the EYFS, local authority guidance and procedures from two schools.
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 EpiPens in schoolCan schools keep spare EpiPens? Schools can keep spare EpiPens on site and administer them to certain pupils in an emergency. We summarise guidance from the Department of Health and link to further information on administering medicines in school and examples of consent forms for using EpiPens.
Supporting pupils with asthma: guidanceAre there any guidelines on supporting pupils with asthma? We refer to the latest guidance on supporting pupils with medical conditions from the Department for Education. We also look at guidance from the Department of Health on the use of emergency inhalers.
Supporting pupils with complex medical needsSupporting pupils with complex medical needs or when there is a significant number of medical needs in your school can be challenging. Find out about the statutory requirements and how to seek additional support if you are struggling to meet pupils' needs.
Jewellery in PE lessons: asking pupils to remove itCan we insist that pupils remove jewellery for PE lessons? We explain that schools are free to insist that pupils remove jewellery, including earrings, for PE lessons. We also relay advice from local authorities and one of our associate experts on pupils participating in PE lessons while wearing jewellery.
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.
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 plansUpdatedHave a look at examples of business continuity plans, including local authority templates and plans from primary, secondary and special schools. (For planning support right now in light of COVID-19, please see our free checklist for preparing for self-isolation and closure in our coronavirus resource hub.)
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: guidanceHow often should fire drills take place? This article relays advice from the Department for Education, a union and one of our associate experts on how frequently fire drills should be conducted. We also link to fire drill procedures from local authorities, and highlight a primary school's policy.
Fire safety: emergency evacuation proceduresIs there guidance on fire evacuation plans? We set out requirements for fire risk assessment and emergency plans and relay guidance on creating a plan. You will also find advice on taking roll call and evacuating people with disabilities. This article links to examples of fire evacuation plans.
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, a local authority and two schools. We also link to another article from The Key which sets out the requirements for reporting incidents.
Investigating accidentsWhat steps should be taken following an accident? We set out step-by-step guidance from the Health and Safety Executive on investigating an incident, and point to a form for recording the investigation. We also link to documents used by schools after an incident.
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 and cancelling events or trips. Download our template risk assessment to support your decision-making.
Fire safety in schools: guidanceWhat guidance is there on fire safety in schools? We point to guidance on fire safety in school buildings from the Education Funding Agency. We also answer a series of frequently asked questions about fire safety in schools.
Health and safety auditUse our template to help you conduct a health and safety audit. You can also see examples of audit and inspection checklists from schools and local authorities.
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.
School temperatures: guidanceThere are no legal lower or upper temperature limits for schools, but workplace temperatures must be kept 'reasonable'. Read guidance on 'reasonable' minimum and maximum temperatures for schools.
Signing visitors in and outSchools often ask visitors to sign in and out. Find out about your school's obligations when parents and other visitors come into your school, and have a look at the approaches some schools take.
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 travel plans and policiesDo we need a travel plan? Schools are not required to have a travel plan. We look at the benefits of a plan and link to examples from schools and a template from a local authority. You’ll also find examples of travel policies.
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.