The government has published a consultation document to help schools develop their security policies. The DfE have also reminded schools of other related guidance documents, including Health and Safety, both in school and on school trips.
School Security Guidance Draft (DfE)
Key points in the guidance include:
- Importance of having a security plan which covers on the premises, offsite and in the local area
- All staff have appropriate training
- All pupils should be aware of the plan
- It is a part of the school’s health and safety obligations
- Balance to be struck between the school being open and welcoming, and protecting from harm
- Security policy should be proportionate, and based on the realistic assessment of threat
- Schools should consider the need for a dynamic lockdown procedure
- Consideration should be given to business continuity and recovery
- Restoring to normality after a traumatic event
Two annexes to the guidance includes useful links and potential threats to consider, including cybersecurity.
The guidance references Nottinghamshire County Council’s ‘School Emergencies’ collection of documents which are excellent, and a great starting point for developing policies and procedures.
You can download the toolkit here: http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/emergencies-and-disruption/school-emergencies
The consultation on the school security guidance ends on Friday 18th February ’19.
Further Information and Consultation Documents are here: https://consult.education.gov.uk/teacher-regulation-safer-recruitment/non-statutory-school-security-guidance/
Other documents published this week, although with no noticeable changes, but important for reference:
Controlling Access to School Premises
Health and Safety in Schools – Links to all relevant guidance
Health and Safety advice for schools
Health and Safety on Educational Visits
Please click here to view further guidance and advice over the Christmas period.