A brand new health and safety programme for schools and other educational institutions has been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), in order to help schools monitor and improve their performance.
The programme, called SchoolSafe, is designed to evaluate the health and safety systems that are already in place in schools and academies. A RoSPA consultant will be sent to each participating school to review these systems and test schools on five key challenges. These include physical safety issues, practical management of risks and teaching safety through health and safety training.
RoSPA believes that this programme can be very beneficial, as it enables comparison between schools and effective targeting of resources, as well as helping schools to build on their safety development plans and track improvements in performance.
Commenting on the SchoolSafe programme, the Society’s David Rushton, who is the head of education and leisure, said:
“Many schools and academies have recently assumed responsibility for health and safety for the first time and we’re keen that head teachers, governors and staff receive practical help and advice as well recognition for good practice.”