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Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe in Education  (KCSIE 2023) Statutory guidance for schools and colleges

Risk assessments are undertaken to keep our children safe and include:

  • Individual Pupil Risk assessments for Behaviour, Moving and Handling and HealthCare – begun on entry to school and reviewed regularly.
  • Curriculum Risk assessments for PE, Swimming, DT, Science, Cookery, Outdoor Learning – carried out yearly.
  • Risk assessments for Offsite Educational visits –  Forest Schools, OAA, Curriculum linked visits and activities.
  • These are carried out by the teacher taking lead responsibility for the visit and verified by the Headteacher.
  • All aspects of a visit are covered including transport.
  • Staff/pupil ratio is a priority and ensures all children can be included.
  • Residentials – risk assessments cover all aspects of the visit and activities and involve a pre-visit by the leader as well as approval by the Headteacher, Governors and Tameside.
  • Risk assessments for the school premises carried out by the school Health and Safety Officers and include Fire Safety and electrical supply.
  • Staff wear ID badges and all visitors must sign in and out.
  • Disclosure and Barring Checks are carried out on all staff appointed to school.
  • All volunteers/students are also checked.

All Risk Assessments are carried out in line with statutory requirements and school policies and also include dynamic Risk assessments to meet changing needs that may arise. Staff are trained in accordance with their roles and responsibilities across school and named in respective policies. All staff receive yearly Child Protection/Safeguarding training. Our School Behaviour Policy includes policies for Anti-Bullying and E – Safety. (Click on the links in green to view these policies)

Handover arrangements at start/end of day

  • Most pupils arrive on LA transport.
  • Clear procedures are in place for Key staff to receive children from buses and escort them to the playground where class staff supervise until the bell rings.
  • Children arriving with parents are handed over to class staff.
  • At the end of the day children leave school in bus groups with school staff and a bus escort.
  • Necessary information is passed on to bus escorts  and staff ensure children are settled and safe to go home.
  • The car park is barrier operated and access is essentially for school staff. It can also be opened by reception staff when necessary.

Supervision at break and lunchtimes

  • EYFS have a separate playtime supervised by class staff.
  • All other classes have playtime outside together supervised by teaching staff.
  • Other staff are available for indoor supervision where necessary.
  • Different arrangements are made depending on an individual pupil’s or a full class’ needs.
  • At lunchtime children are supervised in the dining room by a senior staff member and class staff who sit with them at the table.
  • All classes play together outside at lunchtime supervised by teachers and class staff.
  • Some children may need to be inside and class staff are available for toileting and first aid.