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Teachers have a responsibility to know what is reasonable practice. They will undoubtedly be expected to know a great deal more about the propensities of children than a prudent parent.
Quite simply: if the duty of care is at least as great as that which would be taken by the average, careful parent in the same circumstances then this legal duty is discharged. A prudent parent, of course, would pay due regard to the age, intelligence and physical competence of the child in question. Stock, , p. Add to this recognition that some specialist and complex areas of design and technology, information and communication technology, physical education and science have a higher risk that requires a higher duty of care.
As Mr Justice Edmund said in Lyes v. Middlesex County Council : I hold that the standard [of care] is that of a reasonably prudent parent judged not in the context of his own home but in that of a school, in other words, a person exhibiting the responsible mental qualities of a prudent parent in the circumstances of school life. School life happily differs from home life.
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Establishing the duty of care may also depend upon the specialist knowledge which teachers claim to have or may be reasonably expected to have in the positions which they hold Croner, , 3— This is not to mention the variable class sizes that teachers have to work with. Under their Conditions of Employment teachers have supervision duties and are required to maintain good order and discipline among pupils and to safeguard their health and safety. This covers all reasonable steps to see that children are not exposed to unacceptable risks Croner, , 3— Teachers are reminded that levels of supervision will need to take into account the nature of the activity, paying particular attention when children are engaged in more dangerous activities with greater risk, using dangerous equipment or handling recognised dangerous substances.
Consideration must also be given to the number of children under supervision, age, maturity, ability, previous experience and guidance on what is regular and approved practice. In the cases of Conrad v.
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ILEA  and Wright v. Cheshire County Council pupils suffered injuries in classroom activities but no negligence was found as the teachers followed general and approved practice. All teachers, specialist and generalist, are expected to work within a modus operandi which identifies all the foreseeable safety problems associated with activities undertaken in relation to the school curriculum.
Any breach of these duties which cause injury or loss may give rise to a claim for damages compensation , or sometimes even to criminal penalties. This offered a number of recommendations based on a single Act, Health and Safety at Work, to be applied to all places of work.
The Health and Safety at Work Act HSW Act places responsibility on employers local education authorities, governing bodies, managers of other premises including outdoor centres 2, and the self employed, to do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure the health and safety of employees teachers, instructors, coaches and all other staff and non-employees pupils and others who enter the school premises, e.
The degree of responsibility would depend on the extent of the delegated powers, but head teachers in all schools would be considered to have responsibility NASUWT, Most teachers will be familiar with Section 2 3 of the Act. This places a duty of care on every employer to maintain an up-to-date written statement on general policy in respect of the health and safety at work of employees, and the organisation and arrangements for carrying out that policy see Chapter 2.
Furthermore, this statement must be brought to the notice of employees, and in the case of school, pupils, and relates to safe premises and safe environment. This is particularly important when working off-site, external to the school. In the case of Butler v. CCC, the teacher emerged as a caring class teacher who knew her class very well. This may be difficult in some schools where classes can consist of 35 pupils or more, nevertheless, the responsibility remains the same. The HSW Act also established the Health and Safety Commission with responsibility for publishing specific health and safety regulations and the Health and Safety Executive which enforces the Act by means of an inspectorate with extensive powers that can lead to prosecution.
This includes guidelines for risk assessment, thus requiring employers to introduce measures for planning, organising, monitoring and reviewing arrangements for the management of health and safety. This means that school governing bodies and head teachers have a responsibility to identify the levels of risk that exist in curriculum activities and to ensure the design and implementation of effective risk control measures, appropriate systems and policies to manage, control and protect these measures and adequate health and safety training see Whitlam, Chapter 3, and Thomas, Chapter 8.
Griffin makes an important point when he states: Failure to conduct risk assessments can put a school in breach of the law.
Failing to equip pupils with this skill is to miss an opportunity to empower them in relation to their own safety now and in the future. Guidance suggests that teachers are expected to use their best endeavours at all times, particularly in emergencies, to secure the welfare of the pupils at the school. This training could cover how to administer medication safely and how to recognise the symptoms which can lead to medication being required.
In all situations it is crucial that the school procedure is followed, in line with clear policy guidelines on medicines, endorsed by procedures for managing medication. Additionally, The Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations require employers to provide reasonable working conditions heating, lighting, furniture and fittings, cleanliness, sanitary facilities, ventilation, space, floors, rests rooms and so on.
The Education School Premises Regulations derive from the Education Act and they lay down minimum standards for education premises which cover both the needs for teachers and pupils. These also fulfil some of the European legislation that has shaped our practice since This will include accidents resulting in death or major injury, unconsciousness resulting from an electronic shock or lack of oxygen and acute illness caused by pathogen, a substance or infected material, fractures other than bones in the hands and feet.
Dangerous occurrences may be the result of unintentional collapsing or fall of structures walls, floors or equipment , pressurised vessels exploding, or the accidental release of pathogens which severely threaten health. Reportable diseases could include hepatitis caused by exposure to blood or secretions and occupational asthma resulting from work with epoxy resins or animals.
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RIDDOR requires that a set of correct procedures for reporting any major accidents are in place and are systematically followed without delay. This requires that all notifiable accidents are reported without delay to the Health and Safety Executive by telephone and, within 10 days, in writing, using the accident report form F Some local authorities provide standardised accident report forms and carry out this function for the schools for which they have responsibility, but many leave it to the individual school.
Failure to meet these regulations could lead to prosecution. This process not only fulfils a legal requirement but also provides information that allows authorities to identify where and how risks arise and, if necessary, to investigate serious accidents and advise on preventative action. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health COSHH regulations cover the many substances that are used in areas such as science, art and CDT— all of which require risk assessment in terms of how they will be used and the level of risk involved.
If a substance is used in different circumstances, then different assessments have to be made. When making assessments about hazardous substances, it is important that the person responsible is fully aware of the legal requirements, the approved code of practice, and of how and when the product is used. The legal responsibility to ensure that these regulations are met lies with the employer and most LEAs appoint specialist personnel in this area; this may not be the case for independent schools. Where guidance is unavailable, or risk assessments have not been undertaken, it would be prudent for class teachers to adopt their own practices or those common elsewhere in education, e.
It is important to remember that this increase in legal regulation does not guarantee safety and does not always deter providers from taking unacceptable risks or working outside their legal regulations. The important issue for teachers is that they ensure schools address legislation through recognised policy and procedures. European law While there appear to be numerous European laws and rulings infiltrating the British legal system, few, at present impinge on school law.
At present, UK legislation is required to harmonise with EU law and it is well to keep this in mind and keep abreast of new developments. This is not to say that issues to do with human rights, pupils, parents and teachers, may not be referred to the European Court. Subject coordinators will also have some responsibility for health and safety. Newly qualified teachers must have a knowledge and understanding of health and safety issues DfEE Circular, 4.
An important feature includes: maintaining good order and discipline among the pupils and safeguarding their health and safety both when they are authorised to be on the school premises and when they are engaged in authorised school activities elsewhere. According to Sharp , the prime risk areas in school settings seem to be supervision, conduct of the activity and the nature of the activity, and equipment and facilities.
While head teachers are expected to maintain adequate systems of supervision to protect all children in the care of the school, this responsibility is delegated to class teachers. In common law, head teachers are responsible for the system of supervision because they have the detailed knowledge and professional experience necessary to make proper judgments.