Health and safety policies

  • Drugs policies: guidance and examples
    Find support with writing or reviewing your school’s drugs policy, with guidance from the DfE on what to include and examples of policies from schools.
  • Educational visits policy: model and examples
    An educational visits policy provides support for staff in the effective and safe planning and operation of school trips. This policy isn't statutory, but it's best practice to have one. Download our model policy with practical templates in the appendices, and see examples from other schools.
  • First aid policy: model and examples
    Download and adapt our model first aid policy to suit the context of your school or trust. See examples of first aid policies from primary, secondary and special schools, and from multi-academy trusts.
  • Lone working policies: examples
    Find sample lone working policies from primary, secondary and special schools to help you write your own. Be clear on your rights and responsibilities as an employer with further guidance from the Health and Safety Executive.
  • Manual handling policy: examples
    See examples of manual handling policies from primary, secondary and special schools, as well as a local authority. Find guidance too on what to include in your policy from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
  • No smoking/vaping policy: examples
    Find examples of no smoking policies (including vaping) from primary, secondary and special schools. Develop and review your whole-school policy, to set out your approach to smoking and vaping.
  • Positive handling policy: examples
    See examples of policies on positive handling, physical restraint and the use of reasonable force, from primary, secondary and special schools to help you write or update your own. Find policies with template positive handling plans and incident reporting forms.
  • School food policies
    Find out what to include in your school food policy if you have one, and understand your requirements around the national food standards and allergen labelling. See examples of other schools' food policies.
  • Sun safety policies
    Pupils should know about sun safety by the end of primary school. Find example policies from other schools to help you outline your own approach to keeping everyone safe in the sun.