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Managing Risk in the Curriculum
Teaching staff should consider any significant health and safety issues such as class size, pupil behaviour, maturity, limitations of space, layout, equipment etc. as part of their planning and preparation, risk assessment is just another name for that process.
For most activities rather than create additional paper records or a specific risk assessment this is generally best achieved by simply noting any relevant, important health and safety information in those materials normally used in teaching e.g. schemes of work, lesson plans, pupil worksheets etc. This can be brief and will only be required for a few activities but would demonstrate adequate consideration of the risks involved.
For curricular activities in areas of potentially higher risk (DT, science, PE) staff should be familiar with and extract relevant information from the generic risk assessments and guidance produced by advisory bodies such as the ASE, CLEAPSS and Association of PE (AfPE).
Whenever a new course is adopted or developed subject leads / co-ordinators must check their activities against these resources and ensure any significant findings are incorporated into texts in daily use.
Resources for risk assessment at primary level
Resources for risk assessment at Secondary level
Should the proposed activities not be adequately covered by the above resources then a specific risk assessment must be completed and further professional advice may need to be sought. This should be an exceptional circumstance.