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Coronavirus: how to respond to the reopening guidance
NewThe government has asked schools to start planning to open to more pupils. As chair, you'll play a key role in getting ready. Here are your first steps.
Governors' role in health and safety
Understand how your responsibility for health and safety works in practice, including the use of link governors.
Health and safety - governors' role
Read our one-page summary of your duties in relation to health and safety. Download a copy to share with your colleagues.
Health and safety questions to ask
Read our suggestions of questions to ask the senior leaders responsible for health and safety while on a link governor visit. You can also see examples of what to look for in their answers.
Health and safety: report to governors
Find out what information other governing boards receive in reports on health and safety, to get an idea of what should be in reports you receive. Most governing boards receive an annual audit report, as we explain below.
Preparing for school closures due to bad weather: governors' role
Make sure your school has a robust emergency plan (also called a critical incident policy), and learn what questions to ask to ensure your school is prepared for closure due to bad weather.
Risk assessments for schools: templates
Are there examples of risk assessment templates? We look at risk assessment templates from the Health and Safety Executive and 2 LAs. We also relay advice on employers' responsibilities in relation to risk assessment and management, and link to further guidance on health and safety.
School governors' personal liability
Although there are possible circumstances when you could be held personally liable as an individual governor, this is unlikely if you act honestly, reasonably and in good faith. Read on to find out more about governors' personal liability and whether you need liability insurance.
Severe weather: deciding to close the school
Clarify who makes the decision to close the school, and learn what your school's priorities should be when bad weather hits.
Statutory and mandatory risk assessments
In this article, you will find a list of risk assessments that schools must hold.
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