How to review your risk assessment policy

Use our recommended questions to help you confidently approve your school's risk assessment policy.

Last reviewed on 6 March 2024See updates
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Statutory/mandatory for:
Free schools
Independent schools
  1. What this policy needs to do
  2. 3 key questions to challenge the policy
  3. Our model policies
  4. Examples of risk assessment policies

What this policy needs to do

If you're in an academy, free school or independent school, the policy must take into account paragraph 16 of part 3 of The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, i.e. that pupils' welfare is safeguarded and promoted.

If you're in an academy or free school, it must also comply with your funding agreement and articles of association.

Trusts can choose to set the policy centrally as a trust, or at school level.

It's not your job to cross-reference the policy with the above, but you should expect your headteacher to have done so.

Read more about your role in health and safety in your school.

3 key questions to challenge the policy

Note: there are no requirements as to what the policy should include, but these questions reflect the kinds of things you'd expect

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