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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, 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. (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 UpdatedFind 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.