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Schools' duty of care to pupils

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Last updated on 16 November 2017
School types: All · School phases: All
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What is a school's duty of care to pupils? This article cites advice from the DfE, unions and solicitors on the duty of care to pupils, and when it starts and ends in the school day. It also relays guidance on schools' liability for injuries and conducting risk assessments.

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  1. 1 Defining duty of care
  2. 2 Start and end of duty of care
  3. 3 Liability for pupil injury
  4. 4 Conduct risk assessments
  5. 5 When parents are in school
  6. 6 Don't send a pupil home alone
  7. 7 Pupils travelling to activities alone

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