Guidance

Health and safety: advice for schools

Departmental advice on health and safety covering activities that take place on or off school premises, including school trips.

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This advice is for:

  • school employers
  • headteachers
  • school staff

It applies to:

  • academies and free schools
  • maintained schools
  • local authorities
  • independent schools

It replaces a number of guidance documents on health, safety and security in schools, including ‘Health and safety: responsibilities and powers (2001)’ and ‘Health and safety of pupils on educational visits (HASPEV 1998)’.

It summarises the existing health and safety law relevant to schools and explains how it affects:

  • local authorities
  • governing bodies
  • headteachers
  • other school staff.

It also covers activities that take place on or off school premises, including school trips. Advice on driving school minibuses is now provided separately.

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