Safety in Schools and Colleges

Managing Safety in Schools

Safety plays an important role in schools and colleges. Ensuring pupil and student safety has been part of the ethical framework for decades. Schools also have legal responsibilities for safety and it is an integral part of the Ofsted framework.

Like other public services, schools and colleges are adapting to a period of considerable change as well as continuing to meet existing challenges. There are new structures and accountabilities, additional parental/public/political concern, alongside worries about excessive risk aversion. There is a new understanding of the benefits of risk-taking as part of young people's development. Safety education and integrating 'risk' within the curriculum is key to this.

Meanwhile, schools have a primary duty to safeguard the staff and young people in their care while at the same time creating the 'risk aware, but not risk adverse' citizens of tomorrow.

In the midst of change, RoSPA has compiled the information on this website to help schools and colleges understand the importance of managing health and safety in a proportional and planned way. Our approach is that we should endeavour to make schools as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible.

Download the Schools and Colleges Overview (PDF 6.5mb) brochure.

Contact us

For free initial safety help and advice contact us at or call +44 (0)121 248 2235

Teaching Safety

Teaching Safety

Schools and colleges play a crucial role in preparing children and young people to be able to recognise and manage risk.

Teaching Safely

Teaching Safely

For more information on health and safety in school including policies, facilities, transport and activities.


Consultancy, Training and Audit Services

RoSPA has been at the forefront of health and safety for nearly a century and has developed an extensive knowledge base to help schools and colleges 'teach safely'.



Join RoSPA and you won't just support accident prevention; your organisation will benefit in many other ways too.

RoSPA SchoolSafe

RoSPA SchoolSafe

See our new assessment system for school and colleges.


Our Education Partners

RoSPA works in partnership with other organisations that share our values.

Press and blogs

Official press releases and useful blog articles from RoSPA.

Education Events

LASER Alliance Conference
20th February 2014, Safeside Centre, Birmingham

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