Last reviewed on 19 February 2024
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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.

Primary schools are expected to teach about sun safety 

By the end of primary school, as part of health education, pupils should know about: 

  • Safe and unsafe exposure to the sun
  • How to reduce the risk of sun damage, including skin cancer 

This is set out on page 34 of the DfE’s guidance on relationships and health education

Secondary schools are not required to teach about sun safety. 

Find out more about relationships, sex and health education requirements for primary and secondary schools.

See examples from schools


Malden Parochial CofE Primary School in Kingston upon Thames has a sun safety policy based on 3 main elements: 

  • Keeping pupils and staff safe in the sun when on the school premises
  • Teaching and learning about sun safety 
  • Working with the school community to promote awareness of sun safety

The school's role in making sure pupils understand sun safety