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, learn how you can keep your pupils and staff safe and avoid sunstroke when they're outside in the sunshine.

Last reviewed on 26 June 2023
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Contents
  1. You've got a duty of care to keep your pupils and staff safe
  2. Is it too hot for sports day?
  3. What about PE and playtime?
  4. Consider the temperature indoors
  5. Can I start school later or finish earlier?
  6. Create a policy for severe weather

You've got a duty of care to keep your pupils and staff safe

The effects of hot weather can result in heatstroke, sunburn and dehydration.

Follow your school's health and safety procedures and if in doubt, risk assess. See our risk assessment template for more guidance.

Look out for signs of heat-related illness and act immediately if you notice them

If you see anyone struggling in the heat, take them indoors and away from the heat immediately. 

Heat exhaustion Symptoms of heat exhaustion vary, but might include: Tiredness Dizziness Headache Nausea Vomiting Excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin Confusion If the pupil is suffering from heat exhaustion or heatstroke, reduce their body temperature immediately by: Moving them to a cool room Encouraging them to drink cool water Spray or sponge them with cool water,