What do educational employers need to do?

Summary checklist

  • Adopt a risk management approach that focuses attention on the real risks
  • Educational employers should ask for information on students in advance; Wherever possible identify the needs of individual students, before they attend the educational establishment
  • Involve the employees, students and carers in identifying the 'individuals need' and precautions
  • Do not introduce a blanket policy – for example a 'no lifting policy' eliminates some handling risks, but totally ignores the needs and rights of the student.

Guiding principles

  • There should be a balance between the health and safety considerations of employees and individual students' rights
  • Enable rather than prohibit – look for solutions to enable educational opportunities
  • Health and safety of employees should be sustained, but it is not an excuse for denying disabled students and/or students with SEN/ASN access to educational opportunities
  • Effective management of health and safety considerations for disabled students and/or students with SEN/ASN should help to provide them with the same opportunities as other students in mainstream education
  • The sensible pragmatic risk management approach should start as early as possible
  • Many of the reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act are readily available – in practice many should already be in place
  • Include systems for ongoing review – a student's needs will often change over time.


Is this page useful?

Updated 2024-02-09