Security lockdown procedures: template and guidance
Keep your school safe in the event of a critical incident. Download our template emergency lockdown plan and adapt it to your school's needs. See examples from other schools.
Do I need a security lockdown plan?
Your school isn't legally required to have a security lockdown procedure or policy.
However, the law requires employers to take steps to reduce or eliminate health- and safety-related risks, including security risks. If you're a maintained school, check whether your local authority sets its own requirements. If you're an academy, check your trust's requirements.
You should have a security lockdown plan if you feel that it would help you manage risks, or that you're at high risk of a scenario where a lockdown would be needed. This could include: