Policies

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Acceptable Use of ICT

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Introduction

We believe this policy relates to the following legislation:

  • Computer Misuse Act 1990
  • Misuse of Information Act 1990
  • Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000 Equality Act 2010
  • Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Data Protection and Security: A Summary for Schools (Becta 2004)
  • The Safe Use of New Technologies (Ofsted)
  • Prevent Strategy (HM Gov)
  • Teaching approaches that help build resilience to extremism among people (DfE)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children

We believe information and communications technology includes all forms of computing, the internet, telecommunications, digital media and mobile phones. School personnel have clear responsibilities with regard to the use of all ICT equipment and ICT facilities.

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Administering Medicines

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Introduction

We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:

  • Medicines Act 1968
  • Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
  • Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974
  • Children Act 1989
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • Education Act 1996
  • Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998
  • Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001
  • Education Act 2002
  • Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002
  • Children 2004
  • Equality Act 2010
  • School Premises (England) Regulations 2012
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013
  • Children and Families Act 2014

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions (Statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies in England) (DfE)
  • Equality Act 2010: Advice for Schools (DfE)
  • Race Disparity Audit – Summary Findings from the Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website (Cabinet Office)

We acknowledge that under the standard terms and conditions for the employment of school staff there is no legal duty for them to administer or to supervise a child taking medication.

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Anti-Bullying

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Introduction

We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:

  • Children Act 1989
  • School Standards and Framework Act 1998
  • Education Act 2002
  • Education and Inspections Act 2006
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Education Act 2011
  • Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2014

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Action on Bullying (Estyn 2014)
  • Bullying: Effective Action in Secondary Schools (Ofsted)
  • Cyberbullying: Supporting School Staff (DCSF)
  • No Place for Bullying (Ofsted 2012)
  • Preventing and Tackling Bullying – Advice for School Leaders, Staff and Governing Bodies (DfE)
  • Safe from Bullying: Guidance for Local Authorities and Other Strategic Leaders on Reducing Bullying in the Community (DCSF)
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges (DfE)
  • Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools: Departmental Advice (DfE 2014)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children
  • Behaviour and Discipline in Schools Guidance (DfE)
  • Counselling in schools a blueprint for the future: advice for school leaders and counsellors (DfE)

We acknowledge the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 that clearly states that all maintained schools must have in place an Anti-Bullying Policy that outlines procedures in order to prevent bullying among pupils.

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Anti-Cyber Bullying

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Introduction

We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:

  • Children Act 1989
  • School Standards and Framework Act 1998
  • Education Act 2002
  • Education and Inspections Act 2006
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Education Act 2011
  • Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2014

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Action on Bullying (Estyn 2014)
  • Bullying: Effective Action in Secondary Schools (Ofsted)
  • Cyberbullying: Supporting School Staff (DCSF)
  • No Place for Bullying (Ofsted 2012)
  • Preventing and Tackling Bullying – Advice for School Leaders, Staff and Governing Bodies (DfE)
  • Safe from Bullying: Guidance for Local Authorities and Other Strategic Leaders on Reducing Bullying in the Community (DCSF)
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges (DfE)
  • Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools: Departmental Advice (DfE 2014)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children
  • Behaviour and Discipline in Schools Guidance (DfE)
  • Counselling in schools a blueprint for the future: advice for school leaders and counsellors (DfE)
  • Equality Act 2010: Advice for Schools (DfE)
  • Race Disparity Audit – Summary Findings from the Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website (Cabinet Office)

We believe cyber bullying is the use of a mobile phone or the internet to deliberately upset another person by spreading lies and rumours online; by sending or forwarding mean messages via instant messages, text or on social networks; by posting photographs without consent and by tricking others to reveal personal information. Cyber bullying can happen at all times of the day.

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Attendance and Truancy

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We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation: We believe this policy relates to the following legislation:

  • Children Act 1989
  • Education Act 1996
  • Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Criminal Justice and Courts Services Act 2000
  • Education (School Attendance Targets) (England) Regulations 2005
  • Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006
  • Education (School Attendance Targets) (England) Regulations 2007
  • Education (School Attendance Targets) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010
  • Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010
  • Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
  • Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Advice on School Attendance (DfE)
  • Improving Attendance at School (DfE)
  • School attendance parental responsibility measures: Statutory guidance for local authorities, school leaders, school staff, governing bodies and the police (DfE)

We believe that children cannot learn if they are absent from school. Therefore, we aim to ensure that all our children take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them and to raise standards by promoting regular attendance and punctuality of pupils.

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Complaints

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Introduction

We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:

  • Local Government Act 1974
  • Local Government Act 1988
  • Education Act 1996
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • School Standards and Framework Act 1998
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Education Act 2002
  • Education Act 2005
  • Education and Skills Act 2008
  • Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009
  • Children, Schools and Families Act 2010
  • Education (Admissions Appeals Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008
  • Education (Independent Schools Standards) Regulations 2010
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Education (non-maintained Special Schools) Regulations 2011
  • School Admissions ( Appeals Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Complaints About Ofsted: Raising Concerns and Making a Complaint about Ofsted (Ofsted)
  • School Admission Appeals Code (DfE)

We believe that this school provides an excellent education and that the Headteacher and school personnel work very hard to build positive relationships and have in place clear lines of communication with all parents and others. In so doing complaints are kept to a minimum.

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Data Protection and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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Introduction

We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:

  • Equality Act 2010
  • General Data Protection Regulations 2018

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Equality Act 2010: Advice for Schools (DfE)
  • Race Disparity Audit – Summary Findings from the Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website (Cabinet Office)
  • Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Information Commissioner’s Office

We are aware that the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will entirely replace the current Data Protection Act (DPA) by making radical changes to many existing data protection rules and regulations that schools, academies and other educational establishments adhere to under the DPA. The principal aim of the GDPR is to strengthen and unify the safety and security of all data held within an organisation.

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Dealing with Allegations against the Headteacher, Teaching Staff, Support Staff, School Volunteers and Contractors

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Introduction

We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:

  • Children Act 1989
  • Police Act 1997
  • Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) Regulations 2002
  • Education Act 2002
  • Children Act 2004
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • Education and Inspections Act 2006
  • Children and Young Persons Act 2008
  • Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (No. 2) Regulations 2009
  • School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Education Act 2011
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Dealing with Allegations of Abuse against Teachers and other Staff: Guidance for Local Authorities, Headteachers, School
  • Staff, Governing Bodies and Proprietors of Independent Schools (DfE)
  • Equality Act 2010: Advice for Schools (DfE)
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges (DfE)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children

We believe an allegation is best defined as a claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof. It could be information that comes to light suggesting an employee, a volunteer or a contractor ‘may have hurt or harmed a child, or possibly committing a criminal offence against a child or has behaved in such a way towards a child or young person that indicates they would pose a risk of harm to children if they continue their current employment or in any capacity which involves working with children.’

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Educational Visits

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Introduction

We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:

  • Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 1996
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999
  • Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002
  • School Premises (England) Regulations 2012

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Equality Act 2010: Advice for Schools (DfE)
  • Race Disparity Audit – Summary Findings from the Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website (Cabinet Office)

We encourage educational visits as we believe they ‘offer an invaluable opportunity to enrich young peoples’ learning, raise their self-esteem, increase their motivation and appetite for learning and raise levels of achievement in many aspects of their life and education.’ (Welsh Assembly Government 2008).

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Home-School Agreement

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Introduction

We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:

  • School Standards and Framework Act 1998
  • Equality Act 2010

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Home-School Agreements: Guidance for Local Authorities and Governing Bodies (DfE)
  • Equality Act 2010: Advice for Schools (DfE)
  • Race Disparity Audit – Summary Findings from the Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website (Cabinet Office)

We believe it is our duty as stated in the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 to have in place a home-school agreement and parental declaration. A home-school agreement is a statement explaining the school’s aims and values, the school’s responsibilities towards its pupils who are of compulsory school age, the responsibility of each pupil’s parents and what the school expects of its pupils.

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Looked After Children (LAC)

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Introduction

We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:

  • Education Act 1996
  • Children Act 2004
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Children and Families Act 2014
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (Detained Persons) Regulations 2015

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Dealing with Allegations of Abuse against Teachers and other Staff: Guidance for Local Authorities, Headteachers, School Staff, Governing Bodies and Proprietors of Independent Schools (DfE)
  • Equality Act 2010: Advice for Schools (DfE)
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges (DfE)
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 Years. Statutory Guidance for Organisations Who Work
  • With and Support Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (DfE) and (DoH)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children Improving the attainment of Looked After Children in primary schools (DCSF)
  • Race Disparity Audit – Summary Findings from the Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website (Cabinet Office)

We understand that children or young people who have been taken into care by the local authority or who have a voluntary care arrangement are known as ‘Looked After’. This is because of either family breakdown, abuse, neglect or social need. Looked After Children will either be living in foster homes, children’s residential homes, living with a relative or with their natural parent(s).

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Pupil Behaviour and Discipline

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Introduction

We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:

  • Children Act 1989
  • Education Act 1996
  • Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • School Standards and Framework Act 1998
  • Education Act 2002
  • Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003
  • Education Act 2005
  • Education and Inspections Act 2006
  • Education (Parenting Contracts and Parenting Orders) (England) Regulations 2007
  • Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007
  • Education and Skills Act 2008
  • Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Education Act 2011
  • Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012
  • School Discipline (Pupil Exclusions and Reviews) (England) Regulations 2012
  • Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
  • Education (Independent School Standards) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Behaviour and discipline in schools – Advice for headteachers and school staff (DfE 2014)
  • Equality Act 2010: Advice for Schools (DfE)
  • Race Disparity Audit – Summary Findings from the Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website (Cabinet Office)

We have a duty under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 to have in place a behaviour policy that is annually reviewed, made available to all stakeholders and is consistent throughout the school.

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Safeguarding and Child Protection

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Introduction

Safeguarding Contacts

Designated Safeguarding Lead – 0151 735 0036
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – 0151 735 0036
Police – 0151 709 6010
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) – 0151 233 7408
Social Services Referrals – 0151 233 3000
Careline – 0151 233 5700
NSPCC Whistle-blowing Helpline – 0800 028 0285

We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:

  • Children Act 1989
  • Education Act 2002
  • Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Children Act 2004
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • Education and Inspections Act 2006
  • Children and Young Persons Act 2008
  • Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009
  • Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (No. 2) Regulations 2009
  • School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Education Act 2011
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015
  • Serious Crime Act 2015

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Dealing with Allegations of Abuse against Teachers and other Staff: Guidance for Local Authorities, Headteachers, School
  • Staff, Governing Bodies and Proprietors of Independent Schools (DfE)
  • Equality Act 2010: Advice for Schools (DfE)
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges (DfE 2016)
  • Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools: Departmental Advice (DfE 2014)
  • Information Sharing 2015 (HM Government)
  • What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused 2015 (HM Government)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children
  • Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings (Ofsted)
  • School Inspection Handbook (Ofsted)
  • The Prevent Duty: Department advice for schools and childcare providers (DfE)
  • Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation – procedural information (HM Government)

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and take account of the information contained in the DfE documents ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ and ‘Keep Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges (DfE 2016)’ as the safety and protection of children is of paramount importance to everyone in this school and we work hard to create a culture of vigilance. At all times we will ensure what is best in the interests of all children.

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School Personnel Code of Conduct

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Introduction

We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:

  • Children Act 1989
  • Police Act 1997
  • Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) Regulations 2002
  • Education Act 2002
  • Children Act 2004
  • Education and Inspections Act 2006
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • Children and Young Persons Act 2008
  • Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (No. 2) Regulations 2009
  • School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Education Act 2011
  • Protection and Freedoms Act 2012

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Dealing with Allegations of Abuse against Teachers and Other Staff (DfE)
  • Equality Act 2010: Advice for Schools (DfE)
  • Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and Young People in Education Settings (DCSF)
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE)
  • Working Together to Safeguarding Children (The Stationery Office)
  • Race Disparity Audit – Summary Findings from the Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website (Cabinet Office)

We have a duty to safeguard and to promote the welfare of all pupils by protecting them from maltreatment, preventing impairment of their health or development, ensuring that they grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and to take appropriate action enabling them to have the best outcomes.

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Special Educational Needs

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Introduction

We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:

  • Children Act 1989
  • Education Act 1996
  • School Standards and Framework Act 1998
  • Education (Special Educational Needs) (Information) Regulations 1999
  • Education Act 2002
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Education and Inspections Act 2006
  • The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007
  • Education (Special Educational Needs Coordinators) (England) Regulations 2008
  • Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) Rules 2008
  • Education (Special Educational Needs Coordinators) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2009
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Education Act 2011
  • School Discipline (Pupils Exclusions and Reviews) (England) Regulations 2012
  • Children and Families Act 2014
  • Children and Families Act 2014 (Transitional and Saving Provisions)(No 2) Order 2014
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014
  • Special Educational Needs (Local Offer) Regulations 2014
  • Special Educational Needs (Personal Budgets) Regulations 2014
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (Detained Persons) Regulations 2015

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Quality Standards for Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support and Outreach Services (DCSF)
  • School Admissions Code (DfE)
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 Years. Statutory Guidance for Organisations Who Work with and Support Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (DfE) and (DoH)
  • Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions: Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools and Proprietors of Academies in England (DfE)
  • The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013) (DfE)
  • Equality Act 2010: Advice for Schools (DfE)
  • Reasonable Adjustments for Disabled Pupils (2012) (Equality and Human Rights Commission)
  • Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions (2014) (DfE)
  • Race Disparity Audit – Summary Findings from the Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website (Cabinet Office)

We wish to comply with the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 Years, the Statutory Guidance for Organisations Who Work With and Support Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and with sections 29, 34, 35, 66, 67, 68, 69 and 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

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Visitors, Visiting Speakers and Contractors

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We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Education (No. 2) Act 1986
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Education Act 2002
  • Children Act 2004
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Children and Families Act 2014
  • Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015

The following documentation is also related to this policy:

  • Equality Act 2010: Advice for Schools (DfE)
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges (DfE)
  • Prevent Strategy (HM Gov)
  • Prevent Duty Guidance in England and Wales (HM Gov)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children
  • Race Disparity Audit – Summary Findings from the Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website (Cabinet Office)

We have a statutory duty to ensure that, so far as reasonably practicable, the school premises are safe and that visitors to school come to no harm. We have in place school security systems to ensure the personal safety of the whole school community.

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