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Health and safety oversight

Use our guidance and checklist to learn how governing boards ensure that pupils and employees are not put at unnecessary risk while at school.


Day to day responsibility for health and safety lies with school/trust leaders and staff. This includes operational activity such as health and safety inspections of school premises.

All schools must have a health and safety policy in place. Department for Education (DfE) non-statutory health and safety guidance sets out what the policy should contain.

The governing board’s oversight of health and safety is at a strategic level.

This page covers:

  • what health and safety oversight means in practice
  • a health and safety monitoring checklist

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