Explore the Updates and New Additions to the Handsam Library
Updated Quick Guides and Policies
Handsam would like to make you aware of the new or updated Quick Guides you can now access through our Quick Guide Library. We respond to the needs of our customers, through safety issues we encounter on audits or direct requests for content on particular subjects when expanding our resources. This allows us to continue to grow our library around the direct compliance needs of our clients.
PLEASE NOTE THAT POLICIES ARE NOT A PART OF THE "QUICK GUIDES" PACKAGE AND UNLESS THEY ARE COVERED IN YOUR SUBSCRIPTION, THEY MUST BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY.
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NEW: POL-PEG02 EXAMPLE WATER SAFETY AND SWIMMING POLICY
All activities in or near water carry potential risks. Therefore, no school-organised activity in or near water, whether in formal swimming pools, or rivers, lakes or the sea, may take place without appropriate and thorough risk assessments and safety management, as set out in this policy:
The policy includes:
- The Responsible Person(s)
- Safety Procedures
- Risk Assessment
- Travel to the Activity
- Liaison with Swimming Pool (or other) Staff
- Changing Facilities
- Teacher/Coach Supervision and Ratios
- Use of Volunteers and Paid Coaches
- Pupil Behaviour
- Lifesaving and Apparatus
- First Aid Provision
- Emergency Arrangements
- Record Keeping
- Pupils with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs
- Qualifications and Training
- Pool Maintenance
- Equal Opportunities
- Monitoring and Review
NEW: RAS81 Additional Risks and Control Measures for School Trips
Transporting children, of any age off-site is a high-risk activity. There are many factors to consider and many control measures to be put in place. This risk assessment focuses on aspects which may not be present in all school trips and visits, but may need to be considered, given the nature of your specific activity.
The Health and Safety Executive states that most serious school trip accidents involve ‘underlying management failures’ and is keen to encourage schools and local authorities to focus on how real risks are managed and not on ‘paperwork’. They recognise there is a challenge for schools to strike a balance between protecting pupils from risk, while enabling them to learn from educational trips.
UPDATED POLICY: ST01 Health and Wellbeing
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) often referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a chronic, fluctuating, neurological illness that causes symptoms affecting many body systems, more commonly the nervous and immune systems. It affects an estimated 250,000 people in the UK, and around 17 million people worldwide. People with M.E. experience severe, persistent fatigue associated with post-exertional malaise, the body’s inability to recover after expending even small amounts of energy, leading to a flare-up in symptoms
NEW: RAS80 Risk Assessment Template: Drama Classroom
This risk assessment assesses risks within the following areas: Awareness of policies and procedures, Slips, trips, and hazards, Handling of equipment, Drama props and sets, Electrical equipment, Pupil conduct, First aid.
NEW: RAS83 Risk Assessment Template: School Minibuses
This brand new risk assessment will help schools and academies manage and control the risks of running a minibus for non-commercial use. Minibuses are commonly used in education for all sorts of reasons; from bringing and taking pupils to and from school to sports fixtures or school trips. In order to deliver all this safely, your organisation needs trustworthy, qualified drivers and, of course, responsible people to manage the whole process from drivers and booking to insurance and maintenance.
UPDATED: Quick Guides
Many of our Guides have been significantly updated. They include:
AP02 Appointing Staff: Contractual Details
AP07 Appointing Staff: Interview Record and Summary
AP11 Appointing Staff: Overseas Trained Teachers
AP13 Pre-employment Health Questionnaire
CA01 Capability Procedures
PM01 Performance Management
AD01 Admissions Code: Law and Process
AD02 Admissions Appeals Code
AD03 School Admissions: Questions and Answers
F01 Fire Safety: Points of Law
CP01 Child Protection: Points of Law
CP02 Sex and Relationships Education: Guidance
CP04 Dealing with Allegations of Abuse Against Teachers and Other Staff
CP05 Keeping Children Safe in Education(KCSIE) Guidance
CP06 Anti-bullying Advice
GM12 Noise Exposure
T-POL-AD01: Model Admissions Policy
T-POL-CP01: Anti-bullying Policy
T-POL-CP03 Safeguarding and Missing Students Policy
T-POL-CP04: Sex and Relationship Education Policy
T-POL-CP05: Student Welfare Policy
T-POL-CP06: Use of Camera and Images Policy
T-POL-C01: Example Teacher Appraisal and Capability Procedure
Find out more about our Quick Guides and Policies
The Handsam Quick Guides Library contains over 900 documents with all the relevant information, exemplars, checklists and guidance notes you need to ensure you're up to date, including all the DfE, HSE and other formal resources all in one place. It's unique!
Handsam also offers various different policies packages, including providing you with easy-to-use templates for you to tailor yourselves, reviewing your existing policies, or working with you to deliver fully bespoke policies for your school, college or MAT.
If you're not a Handsam client, or you don't buy our Quick Guides or one of our Policies packages, please contact us to discuss how we can help to keep your organisation compliant.