Emergency Planning and Guidance for Schools
Every school should be a positive, safe and stimulating learning environment, but we live in a world where the unexpected can happen.
Planning for emergencies can saves lives. In the event of an emergency, every action counts. The documenting and sharing of emergency processes among staff and pupils ensures a common level of understanding of what actions to take in the event of an emergency. This supports effective emergency coordination in a fast paced, high pressure situation.
The Department for Education (DfE) and Haringey Council recommend schools have a well thought out emergency plan in place.
Haringey Council Emergency Planning & Business Continuity team have created a School Emergency Plan Template (Doc, 710KB) which is designed to help schools develop their own emergency plan. The template is generic and flexible so it can be adapted to suit individual school settings.
If your school already has an emergency plan in place, you may wish to use this template to support the review and further enhancement of current emergency arrangements.
Emergency Planning Support
Haringey Council Emergency Planning and Business Continuity team can provide advice and support to schools in devising and validating resilience arrangements.
We can assist you in developing plans, training and exercises to ensure your emergency procedures are well integrated and effective.
You are invited to contact the team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Public Health Offer
Public Health Haringey also offer a package of support designed to help schools become safer, healthier places for students, staff and visitors. This includes the Healthy Schools Programme; the new Workforce Wellbeing Package; and the School Health and Safety Service. Schools can buy any of these services individually, but Haringey Public Health is encouraging a whole school approach to health and wellbeing, by offering all three together.
- The Healthy Schools programme: we provide help and support in getting Healthy School London accreditation, with an evidence based programme of interventions, training and resources
- The Workforce Wellbeing Programme focuses specifically on the wellbeing of staff. We support schools to develop a wellbeing strategy with detailed action plan and programme of activities aimed at enhancing the well-being of your staff
- The School's Health and Safety Service helps you to maintain a safe environment for student, staff and visitors alike
For full details please contact the team via email at Health.SafetyAdvice@haringey.gov.uk
Guidance for how schools and other settings can plan for and deal with emergencies, including severe weather and floods can also be found on the GOV.UK website (external link).