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Case 230 - School refused to allow pupil to bring in a live baby chick for school presentation

Issue

A school's policy does not allow a pupil to take in a pet baby chick into school for his presentation due to health and safety and quoted bird flu as main reason.

Panel decision

Health and safety legislation does not prevent children bringing pets and small animals to schools, and the small risk of any type of infection can be readily controlled by simple everyday measures like hand washing. Specific guidance to help schools build these activities into lessons is freely available and helps avoid disproportionate, risk averse decisions like this one being attributed to health and safety.

2013-12-11