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Business continuity plans
Have 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: 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
How 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 procedures
Is 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 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, a local authority and two schools. We also link to another article from The Key which sets out the requirements for reporting incidents.
How to keep pupils and staff safe during hot weather
Is it too hot for sports day, PE or playtime? Read our article to help you decide. Also, find out ways to keep your pupils and staff safe and avoid sunstroke when they're outside in the sunshine.
What 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.
Personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs): templates and guidance
Are there any templates for personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs)? We look at emergency evacuation plans for individuals with disabilities, from schools, a fire and rescue service and the government. We also link to guidance on writing a PEEP.
Recording and reporting incidents on the school premises
What are the rules on reporting accidents on the school site? As employers, schools are required to keep an accident book and report certain incidents to the HSE. We explain the rules and address some questions about injuries to staff and pupils. We also look at schools' policies and procedures.
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 and cancelling events or trips. Download our template risk assessment to support your decision-making.
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