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Weaving health and safety into school culture

Health and safety needn’t be complex or onerous. It’s about being curious and using common sense, especially when it comes to risk assessments. Stephen Horn offers some advice for school leaders

Health & Safety! The words often conjure up a variety of emotions for school leaders.

For some, it’s a matter of ensuring basic compliance amid a sea of competing priorities. For others, health and safety is an intrinsic element of school culture, with an emphasis on prevention.

Of course, the latter approach is the best one. But with leaders under so much pressure in the day-to-day running of a school, how is it possible to frame health and safety in a way that senior leadership colleagues, staff and indeed students understand it to be as much a part of school life as teaching and learning?

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