Last reviewed on 3 November 2023
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Prepare for emergencies by making sure your school has an emergency or critical incident plan detailing how you'll respond to various significant incidents.

All schools should plan for emergencies

The aim of the plan (also called a critical incident plan) is to help you and your staff plan for and respond effectively to an emergency on site or during an educational visit.

As you’d expect, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of your pupils is paramount. You must:

  • Continue to follow any statutory safeguarding guidance that applies to you and your setting
  • Comply with legal requirements, including health and safety law

This is explained in the DfE’s non-statutory emergency planning and response guidance.

Make sure you consult members of staff, management boards and governors when developing your emergency plan.

How is it different to a business continuity plan?

Make sure your emergency plans also include your initial response to an incident – this