Risk registers: summary and guidance

Understand the difference between a risk assessment and risk register, and find out what a register should include and who has responsibility for it.

Last reviewed on 23 June 2023
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. What are risk registers?
  2. Who needs one?
  3. What's on a risk register?
  4. Who's responsible for the risk register?

What are risk registers?

Risk registers are documents that allow a school's or trust's leadership – which includes the governing board – to plan for, track, and monitor key risks and risk controls for the whole school or trust.

Who needs one?


Risk registers are mandatory in academies, as set out in paragraph 2.35 of the Academy Trust Handbook

If you're in a multi-academy trust (MAT), there's no rule on whether you need school-level registers as well as, or instead of, a trust-level register. It's about what works for you as a trust.

Our associate education expert, Angela Browne, said her trust only has a trust-level register, which also includes any risks that only apply to 1 school. For example, there's a listed building on 1 school site, but the risks