How academies can join the risk protection arrangement (RPA) instead of commercial insurance, what it covers and where they can get free professional advice.
You can get the cover you need for your academy, pupils and staff, and save money by joining the risk protection arrangement, provided by industry professionals on behalf of the Department for Education.
Over 65% of academies have already joined.
How to join
All academies can join, including free schools and PFI academies. All you need is your:
- unique reference number (URN), you can find it on get information about schools
- email address
- phone number
You’ll be covered as soon as you complete the form. We’ll renew your membership every year, so there’s less admin for you.
If you’re converting to an academy or setting up a free school we’ll sign you up automatically, but you can opt out if you want.
£20 per pupil, per year
£20 per place, per year for special and alternative provision academies.
The cost will stay fixed at £20 until at least 31 August 2019. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) deducts this direct from your general annual grant.
What it covers
The arrangement covers the main things all academies need:
|Type of risk||Limit|
|Material damage||Reinstatement value of the property|
|Business interruption||£10 million any one loss|
|Third party liability||Unlimited|
|Governors’ liability||£10 million any one loss and any one membership year|
|Employee and third party dishonesty||£500,000|
|Money||Various, including cash on premises or in transit £5,000|
|Personal accident||Death and capital benefits £100,000|
|United Kingdom travel||Baggage and money £2,000 per person. Cancellation £1,000 per person|
|Overseas travel including winter sports||Includes: baggage £2,000 in total per person (inner limits apply), money £750 per person, medical expenses £10,000,000, cancellation £4,000 per person. Check the membership rules for more.|
|Legal expenses||£100,000 any one loss and any one membership year|
|Cultural assets||£10,000 on any one cultural asset or £250,000 any one multiple loss|
Full details of your cover
Check the membership rules for full details of your cover. See how it compares to your current cover and check if there is anything else you need.
If there’s something you need cover for that’s not included in RPA you can get it from Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC). They also offer a legal services helpline. You’re free to choose a different provider if you want.
There are a different set of rules for church academies, agreed with the National Society of the Church of England and the Catholic Education Service.
These rules apply where the trustees of a church organisation allow your academy to occupy their property.
Under the rules those trustees:
- are covered for losses and liabilities they may incur through you occupying their property
- can make claims on your behalf for those losses and liabilities
- can have those claims paid directly to them
- can use the complaints and arbitration procedures about those claims
Other than this difference, the rules and level of cover are the same as the standard rules.
Check the church academy membership rules for full details.
Free advice and training
On joining you’ll get free risk management advice, training and best practice guidance from Willis Towers Watson.
Contact them if you need advice about the arrangement and the rules:
Phone 0117 9769 361
Make a claim
Topmark Claims Management Ltd handle claims.
For emergencies and urgent incidents (excluding overseas travel):
Phone 03300 585566
For overseas travel emergencies and incident claims:
Phone 020 3475 5031
If you have any other questions, including queries about opting in, email us at academies.RPA@education.gov.uk.