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Don't know your risk register from your risk assessment? Understand what needs to be included and who has responsibility for the register.

Our thanks to Martin Owen, one of our associate education experts, for his help with this article.

What are risk registers?

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

Who needs one?


Risk registers are mandatory in academies, as set out in paragraph 2.38 of the Academies Financial Handbook (2020) and the renamed Academy Trust Handbook (which comes into effect on 1 September 2021).

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,

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