Who is accountable for health and safety within a school?

Feb 5, 2016 | Health and Safety

The legal responsibility and accountability for health and safety lies with the employer. Although it is not so straightforward, as it depends on the type of school to know who the employer is. There are also differences across England, Scotland and Wales as detailed below.

England and Wales
School type Employer
Community schools The local authority
Community special schools
Voluntary controlled schools
Maintained nursery schools
Pupil referral units
Foundation schools The governing body
Foundation special schools
Voluntary aided schools
Independent schools The governing body or proprietor
Academies and free schools The Academy Trust
State schools funded through Scottish local authorities The local authority
Independent private or fee-paying schools The proprietor, board of trustees or equivalent
Grant aided schools The governing body, or equivalent

However day-to-day running of the school including responsibility for the health and safety of staff and pupils is normally delegated to the head teacher and school management team. They have a key role in making sure risks are managed effectively on site.Sensible and effective management of health and safety relies on every member of the management team making sure risk is managed responsibly and proportionately. Good communication by all parties is critical to getting this right.

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For more info about Health and Safety in Schools visit the H.S.E website: The Health & Safety Executive