Risk management for schools
With almost 60 years’ experience in providing support for the education sector, we are aware of the challenges you face. We know schools, multi-academy trusts and academies have different requirements; so we have developed a flexible, tailored approach to our risk management solutions. From an online compliance tool, in partnership with iAM Compliant, to fire risk assessments, health and safety and physical security audits we’re here to support you with all your risk management needs.
What kind of support does our risk management solution for schools provide?
Our risk management solution gives you the confidence that you are managing your risk effectively. The key benefits are:
Ensuring your school is a safe space for your pupils and your people will help to reduce accidents, sickness and staff turnover, increase motivation and reduce the impact to a child’s learning due to loss of coursework or wellbeing issues.
Meet your legal obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure the health and safety of employees, school visitors and pupils, as well as adherence to Ofsted and ISI.
Financial and reputational exposure
Avoid costly accidents, disruption losses, damage to your school’s reputation and reduce the likelihood of uninsurable enforcement fines and costs.
Assurance and confidence
Be confident in your approach and provide assurance to governors, trustees and directors as well as authorities such as Ofsted, ISI, the HSE and the fire and rescue service.
Why choose Endsleigh for your risk management?
Our in-house risk management consultant offers a practical, realistic and solutions focused attitude to risk management that concentrates on protecting your key assets – your pupils, your people and your school.
With a lifetime’s experience in the education sector, we are here to support you in becoming confident in managing your risk. Our flexible services include an easy to use online compliance tool, Health Check, Health and Safety Audit to assess and enhance your safety management systems, Fire Risk Assessment and a Physical Security audit.
Our flexible risk management services include
Your Health Check
We can offer you single or multiple consultancy day(s), where we visit your school or academy and work with you to understand and enhance your safety management systems.
Health and Safety Audit
An assessment of where your risk management currently stands and confirmation that your school is, or is not, compliant with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Fire Risk Assessment
Assessment to help you meet your legal duties under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Physical Security Audit
Meet your legislative duty of care. Our audit covers perimeter fencing and gates, building security systems, access control and CCTV management.
Support with creating or tailoring policy documents and health and safety, fire, or security risk assessment documents. Delivery of bespoke health and safety training packages.
Meet your school’s everyday health and safety risks, estate management, statutory reporting and staff training with an easy to use online compliance tool developed by our partner, iAM Compliant.
Risk management for schools: your frequently asked questions
Below are some frequently asked questions to help you learn more about our risk management solution.
The legal responsibilities for ensuring effective risk management in schools relate to the safety of pupils and staff. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 imposes a duty on all employers to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of employees and others (such as school visitors and pupils). It is also an integral part of the Ofsted and ISI framework.
Your school is at risk of financial and reputational exposure if you do not have a systematic approach to managing safety and health risks. When an effective system is in place, it helps avoid costly accidents, disruption losses and damage to the school’s morale and reputation. It also enables the school to comply with its duties under health and safety law.
Yes, a school could be deemed negligent without effective risk management systems in place. If you’re not managing risk adequately you could be seen to be operating inappropriately and carelessly. By implementing strong risk management principles, you can be confident in your own approach and provide assurance to:
- Governors, trustees and directors
- School inspectors such as Ofsted or ISI
- Enforcing authorities such as the HSE or the fire and rescue service
- Your insurers
Yes, Endsleigh offers a risk management health check. We offer single or multiple consultancy day(s), where we visit your school or academy and work with you to understand and enhance your safety management systems. Our Health Check consultancy service is completely flexible to suit your individual needs.
Our Health and Safety Audit allows us to provide you with a baseline grounding of where your risk management currently stands. During a visit to your school we will cover:
- Health and Safety Management such as policies, training and risk assessments
- Premises and grounds statutory duties
- Domestic Premises (if applicable)
- Boarding Premises (if applicable)
- Landscaping/Maintenance (Plant and equipment)
- Subject specific areas (Art and Design, Design and Technology, Educational Visits, Food Technology, Medical, Nursery/Early Years, Physical Education, Science, Work Experience)
Our Fire Risk Assessment allows us to provide you with a baseline for where your risk management currently stands. We will tell you what you are managing adequately or well and where you need to improve. The assessment will enable you to be confident that you are:
- Meeting your fire safety and Health and Safety legislative duties of care
- Reducing the likelihood of incurring an enforcement visit from the local fire safety officer
- Following a ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ system to ensure you are continually improving your fire safety culture and performance
- Following education specific best practices such as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) – fire safety education guide and British Standards
Our physical security audit will provide you with a baseline for where your physical security risk management currently stands. The audit will review perimeter fencing and gates, potential weaknesses in your buildings security systems, access control and closed circuit television (CCTV) management. We will tell you what you are managing adequately or well and where you need to improve.
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