Pupil health & wellbeing

DBS checks

6 articles

Equality & inclusion

7 articles
  • Equality Act 2010
    Schools and trusts have specific duties under the Equality Act 2010. Learn what's required of you, and of your school/trust.
  • Equality Act 2010: admissions and provision of education
    Understand your role in making sure your school complies with its obligations to pupils and their parents under the Equality Act, and learn what you can do to prevent discrimination.
  • Equality Act 2010: reasonable adjustments
    Understand how your school must provide reasonable adjustments for pupils, staff and parents/carers with disabilities - including for school trips and after-school clubs.

Health & medical needs

3 articles
  • Administering medicines in school
    Your board is responsible for making sure pupils with medical conditions are supported in school. This includes being administered any medicines they need. Find out how this works in practice, including staff roles and pupils self-administering medication.
  • School food standards and labelling requirements: governors' role
    Understand what the food standards are and how you can monitor compliance, including what questions to ask. Plus, get to grips with Natasha's Law and the allergen labelling requirements.
  • Strep A and scarlet fever
    The Department for Education (DfE) is closely monitoring an increase of cases of group A streptococci infections and scarlet fever in children. Schools have been advised on how to manage cases and support parents.

Provision for pupils with SEND

5 articles
  • Education, health and care (EHC) plans
    Be clear on what EHC plans are, what they contain and how pupils with special educational needs (SEN) receive one. Also understand when you might see one as a governor.
  • Governors' compliance with SEND legislation: an overview
    Learn about governors' duty to provide education for children with SEND. We run through the rules set out in the Governance Handbook, Children and Families Act 2014, SEND Code of Practice and SEND Regulations 2014.
  • SEND Code of Practice: a summary
    Use this summary as a starting point to understanding some key parts of the SEND Code of Practice, so you can comply with this statutory document.

Safeguarding

14 articles
  • Childcare disqualification requirements
    Understand the requirements around childcare disqualification, including who it applies to and what your school's responsibilities are.
  • Governors' role in monitoring the single central record
    Learn what belongs on your school's single central record (SCR), your role in monitoring its compliance with safeguarding requirements and when you should – and shouldn't – check the SCR yourself.
  • Governors' role in preventing child-on-child abuse
    Abuse between peers can take many forms, including bullying, physical abuse and sexual harassment. Use the guidance below and example questions to help your school leaders develop a culture where abuse is not tolerated, and understand how to monitor what your school puts in place.